On hope, New Years, and absolute yes’s

January 1st Rather than stay up to see the fireworks I like to get up early to greet the sun on the first day of the new year. It is the busiest early morning on the beach, with hundreds of people lingering from the night before, and a few, like me, inspired to get up early to see the dawn. … Read More

A more miraculous world

I have so many people to thank for their extraordinary acts of generosity this year. Last year I felt my life was bereft of miracles. I wanted to to be the person who experienced many miracles as a normal part of living. And so it was this year. I am not sure if this was because I opened myself to … Read More

How do we live in a world so divided?

On this beautiful dawn lies a sea of conflict. I stand here, the energy of the sun penetrating my bones, fueling me through human photosynthesis, knowing that even as I am blessed with life and the opportunity to drink in the gorgeousness of this morn, others are waking to grief, and loss. How do we live in a world so … Read More

A wedding today in the rain

December 12 Rain. More rain. Weddings and PGA Golf and more rain. Nature has a way of reminding us who is in charge. Because…if you are like me, you forget. A colleague said to me that the timing of an event was bad. I too have had this conversation about other peoples events. But I have learned that there is … Read More

The Sun never sends you the bill

Look how light and clouds make such a raucous noise of colour? The lone surfer captured under the most magnificent show on Earth. Dawn is free. Unless you count the cost of leaving a warm bed, and perhaps a loved one. Or a day with a little less sleep. But what joy! To start the day with the constant surprise … Read More

Paying attention

It is no surprise that when something matters to us we pay attention. The most remarkable part of this project of writing Beauty of Beginnings is that I now see the clouds, the sky, and light, with far more attention than ever before. Just this morn, driving to my swimming pool, the air was heavy with humidity and heat, allowing … Read More

The meeting of polarities creating a beautiful third

This was the dawn light, diffused with clouds, and heat. A mist hung over the entire coast. Cold water meeting hot air. Wouldn’t it be lovely if beautiful mists are created when someone of different polarities meet? The meeting of the cold and the hot? That rather than the common knee jerk reaction of fear and uncertainty at meeting a … Read More

The deliberate path of ease and flow

I, like many over achievers, often choose the hard path. The uphill, the biggest challenge. Give me a 96 km run and I think nothing of it. There is much to be said for going for the biggest challenge and testing our limits. Much has been written about it. We cheer the hero who completes the hardest task. But what … Read More

The lone runner under a vast sky

The lone runner under the vast canvas of the sky reminds me that we are so very small a part of a much larger story. It is so easy to feel small and unimportant. That life is overwhelming. That we are isolated. Alone. Insignificant. Yet even in this immense silence, there are the sounds of the waves. The sand supports … Read More