An Ocean of Gratitude

How often would you visit the ocean if it was right around the corner from your home? Last night, for the second evening in a row, I went outside and headed for the beach. Much to my delight, a fog was blanketing the streets; it reminded me of watching characters in a time-traveling movie enter a foggy mist and emerge in the distant past. For better or worse,  I stayed in 2010, although the thought of time-jumping back to 1910 was strangely appealing.

I turned the corner and walked half a block. I was still a block and a half away, but already could hear the mighty roar and raw fury of the ocean. I stopped and soaked in the moment: the dark, misty city street, the ocean bellowing at me, beckoning me to its shores. I walked down the winding wooden staircase—99 steps, 11 landings—to the beach. I stood alone on the sand in the dark, listened to the roar of the ocean and watched the tide roll in. I had to back up repeatedly so the water wouldn’t lap my feet. Behind me were bluffs in both directions for as far as the eye could see. I didn’t see any angels but it was most certainly Heaven.

And I thought, I can do this every single night! What I would have given to be able to walk out the door and see such majesty when I lived in Minnesota. Truly, it would be a crime against nature not to appreciate this every day. But I know I will not take twenty minutes every night for one-on-one time with the ocean, even though whatever I will be doing instead will certainly pale in comparison to communing with Mother Nature’s greatest masterpiece. Such is the nature of daily life.

And yet . . . and yet . . . how often do you consciously choose to appreciate the tremendous beauty in your own life? I may be able to walk around the corner to the ocean but you may be able to walk into the room of your slumbering child to watch them sleep and kiss them gently on the forehead. How often do you look at your significant other and marvel at the miracle of finding the special person you have chosen to spend your life with? How often are you overwhelmed with gratitude simply for being alive?

Take a few moments to contemplate how you can heighten your appreciation of all you have been graced with in this life. Imagine how thrilling life would be if you never lost sight of how extraordinarily blessed you are to be alive in this time, in this moment, with the loved ones who add so much beauty and joy to your life.

In those moments when the magnitude of your gratitude overwhelms you, and you have exhausted your capacity to express it, you realize that your only hope of fully expressing your joy is to live a life of ceaseless gratitude and boundless love.

I stand corrected. Even the majestic roar of the ocean pales in comparison to the love of the human heart.

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