Life is so often like the ocean. Sometimes, the waves crash hard and continuously at the landscape of our days. Over time, this beating and battering at the very edges of our being smoothes out the rough edges and sometimes chips away at the soft spots, leaving an open and vulnerable recess where there was once solid ground. These newly open spaces can feel exposed and unfamiliar, but as the tide starts to go out and the seas of life calm, the recesses are where the most beautiful and intricate treasures have gathered.
When my children and I are at the shore, you will find us here in these special places. These are the places with the best stories! These stories tell us more about the life in these waters than simply looking at the line of the horizon or the smooth, sandy shore. It is here in these alcoves that you can find the best clues to what really lays beneath those rippling waves.
So is true in life as the hard and crashing waves chip away at our soft spots and sometimes leave us feel less than and slightly broken. But these are the places, the ones that have been touched and affected so poignantly by the tides, in which the best and truest stories of us have collected. And in time, they become more and more a natural part of the landscape as they continue to be the places where we often retrieve the most treasures.
See more from Everyday Storyteller –Maegan Beishline here.