Good Day, God!
There is something very healing about sitting near water. Even a small creek, God, is restorative. But, surely the ocean off Waikiki is in a class by itself.
I was in the sunlight for a few minutes — getting my vitamin D — long enough so that I was thankful when my friend arrived and announced that she needed to sit in the shade.
Sitting, looking at the ocean, and talking — with little bursts of prayer — resting and recharging — sharing time together. That’s Friendship.
And, it comes to me that may very well be all You want from me. No deep thoughts, no mighty acts, nothing worthy of note. Just being aware of You and “being together” in some indescribable way. Being out of doors, God, makes it easier to be aware of You. Sunshine and perfect weather makes it easier still.
Looking up at the sky, out at the water, around me at the people — I know that what I am seeing is not all there is. But, when I am indoors — sitting at my desk, surrounded by my projects and stuff — I lose perspective. I fall back into thinking that “what I see, is all there is.” Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, describes that as a common mistake .
Knowing that there is a whole lot more “going on” than we can see helps us appreciate other people. Gosh, God, it even helps me appreciate myself. In another conversation, later in the day, I was complaining that my Executive Director Sub-Self was missing. Then my friend gave me a quizzical look and it came to me that I do not want a bossy Executive Director! I want a subservient social secretary and accountant! That was a new awareness, God!
Thank You, God, for new understandings and for days by the sea.