My husband and I visited the beach in Rhode Island this weekend. It's March. It's off season and it was cold. But if you've never been to the beach off season you really should try it.
In March, rather than the water saying, Look at me, Come Play!, it roars, Look at me, I am an Awesome Wonder. See my Beauty, Fear my Power.
It makes one contemplate all that is and will be in this fleeting life.
At another beach, on another wintry day, we are looking ahead, walking towards the ferris wheel. We were still dating at the time and trying to work out how/if we would combine two households and three children across two states into something that resembled a family. It seemed so impossible and so far away. Much like that ferris wheel. We were about halfway to the ferris wheel and I turned around to see the path we had taken. Our steps were laid out so clearly in the un-trampled sand. And I learned a few lessons in that instant.
1. It's hard to walk forward if you're constantly looking backwards. Let the past be in the past. It's over and done with. Turn away from it and walk towards your future. Surely that is the lesson Lot's wife teaches us, whether you are looking back on wrongs you committed or wrongs that were committed against you.
2. The future is closer than you think. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other. You'll get there. There's no point stopping to whine about how far or hard it is. But do enjoy the scenery along the way.
3. The path to your goals is wider than you think. There was no paved road leading to our ferris wheel. But the general direction was good enough. It's a big target. You'll adjust your steps along the way as needed. You'll get there.