The Push and Pull of Life’s Beautiful Bliss
Last weekend, my wife and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary with a simple dinner at a small local place we love. The Bayside Restaurant is nestled in-between the shoreline and some of the most beautiful New England farmland you can imagine.
We enjoyed our quiet dinner of local food and tasty beer that’s made right up the road at a local brewery. We smiled and reflected on all that the past ten years has brought us. A slight breeze blew bringing the faint smells of the shoreline by. It was a wee bit chilly as the sun ducked in and out of the clouds on its way to the horizon.
After dinner, we skipped across the street and went for a walk at Allens Pond, a small, beautiful nature preserve maintained by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The trail looped through the marsh area, across the rocky shoreline and back through the wild grasses that are home to amazing array of birds.
As we walked, I turned back to the west and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. (I only had my cell phone with me so the picture doesn’t do the scene justice.) The brilliance of the light, intermingled with the cloud cover was mesmerizing. The back-lit tree line helped create sparkle.
Off my shoulder a crane was circling around riding the breeze. As it angled up and down the sun’s rays hit its spread wings, flashing a blinding white light. Behind me, waves crashed along the shore.
I stood there for a long time. Or maybe it just seemed that way. Time was lost. My immediate thought was simple: Everything I could ever need is right here.
I often get lost in the simple and profound beauty of sunsets. Sounds cheeky, but it’s true. Sky, sun, clouds, earth. A bridge to the cosmos; to that which is so much greater than you or I.
But here in the moment of this sunset, rambling along the well-worn path with the most beautiful person in my life, I was overcome with a deep sense of peace. Of contentment. Of gratitude. Of not wanting anything more.
Looking skyward I felt my spirit being pushed up and out. Looking in the other direction towards the ocean I felt my body being pulled down in a grounding way. In-between was the moment — the perfect yet changing moment. It was a complex yet comforting feeling.
We finished our walk as twilight took over and the last bits of sunlight kept the day alive. This was perfection. I could not have asked for another way to celebrate the life and love that my wife and I have shared.
The take-away from all this?
Find your peace and contentment in that which is already here right in front of you. Dwell in Love’s moment. Seek the simple and immaterial pleasures in life. Don’t over-complicate and over-extend. Celebrate and feed the spirit. Practice mindful consumption in all that you do. Be a caretaker of this precious and fragile world. Live deeply, deliberately and with amazing intent each and every day.
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