“You live everyday at the beach, yet you take so much for granted. How often do you really stop to count your blessings? Is it enough?
“Do you walk each day along the shore, toes buried in the sand, dreaming your dreams or hunting seashells or solving the world’s problems?
“Do you offer your paradise as a gift to your friends and family from other places, so that they, too, can share the wonder?
“Are you amused each time you pull out your winter coat — realizing you haven’t needed a new one since 1973?
“Do you giggle with delight and sigh with gratitude that people save their money all year to spend their vacation in the place you call home?
“Do you go to work each day, aware of how blessed you are to breath the ocean air and feel the sea breeze — not just on special occasions, but always?
“Do you marvel at the sunsets each evening as the giver of all life on Earth melts into the placid Bay like molten lava?
“Are you responsible stewards of the gifts you’ve been given?
“Do you say ‘Thank you’ out loud?
“Or are you whining today because the very elements that created your paradise have now seen fit to alter it?
“Paradise — indeed all beauty and great fortune — exists only if you recognize it. This is why they say, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ If it is not beheld, it does not exist. If you ignore it long enough, like a child, it will pitch a fit to demand your attention — issuing a wake-up call you can’t ignore no matter how many times you roll over and put your head under the pillow. You cannot sleep through it.
“When you don’t grow consciously, it will be done for you, and it can be pretty uncomfortable.
“Resilience. Maturity. Wisdom. All these I have taught you now. But most of all, I have given you consciousness. Now, what will you do with it?”
Copyright © 2009 Alice Melott
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