I See the Sea {Look- 5 Minute Friday}

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Narragansett Town Beach this beautiful morning…

I stumble out of bed wiping the sleep from my eyes. I realize I am laying on my phone. It’s 8:20 and I was supposed to meet a friend at the Sea Wall to walk at 8:00 AM. I quick text her, throw clothes on and we meet. I am barely awake as we walk, talk and deflect the sea spray on this grey day. My body seems resistant to movement but I see the beauty of a new day breaking through the sky. We put one foot in front of the other and make our way to the Pier before we turn and head back to our starting place. We stand by the benches  and stretch our sleepy muscles, partnering in gentle, needful pain which will set our day in motion. We end our time and get on with our individual routines. I can’t help but pull into the beach parking lot as we depart. Just for a moment I want to look. I get out of my car and stand to see the sea. The waves kick up, the clouds threaten rain, and I feel the mist kiss my face. A new day. Sleepy still but ready for the rest. Optimistic I will wake up…coffee awaits me. But I am glad I took the brief moment to stand and see what was before me. There is inspiration in every moment when we take the time to pause and look.

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Under The Radar {Faith Life Preservers- Day 19}

There are days when the sun comes up, friends that I need to fly solo. 
There are days when I want the quietness to have a chance to seep deep
 into my soul and fill me to overflow.
I hear Heaven in the quiet places.
Sometimes my busy, boisterous, blessed being needs to disappear off the 
Radar Screen of life
and disappear into the presence of God.
Years ago I would just take off into the wild, blue yonder.
I would just drive off (no I am not a pilot) to a favorite beach, 
town or “off the beaten path” coffee shop.
I would walk, think, reflect, write in my journal, and chat with strangers.
These days it’s different.  
Parenting kind of thwarts the desire for spontaneous escapades too far from home. 
My hubby works out of the state and although it’s not far, 
it’s far enough in my parental mind, that I stay closer to the nest.
Just in case. 
My under the radar disappearing act is different now.
I love to disappear into the quiet stillness of my own home when family
 is out at work and school.
 It does not happen often, but when I can escape into the sweet beauty of a quiet, 
day I am blessed, refreshed and so much more willing to fly happily in my flock once more.
Often I have a multitude of outside of the home obligations.
But a sweet day when I can hear the ticking of the clock, 
the settling of the house in seasonal change 
and whistle of the tea kettle on a quiet afternoon, 
I feel blissfully overflowing with stillness and full of a piece of quiet 
that I cling to like a precious treasure. 
Where’d she go?
Have you found a way to grab “a piece of quiet” by flying under the radar?

Some days the kindest thing you can do for yourself and 
those you love is by grabbing some alone time in a way that refreshes you.
Plan a day to disappear off the radar screen of obligations, commitments and tasks.
Be refreshed by flying under the radar!
When you are back in view, you will be like new! 
31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.

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31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!
Linking for the first time with Michelle from Lost in The Prairies
 for Caffeinated Randomness!

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