Lessons from the beach – Sharon King

imagesWhat’s your “bucket   and spade” moment? The beach always   reminds me of one of the best days of my childhood; I was six years old when I spent the whole afternoon on the beach with nothing more than a bucket, a spade and a bottle top from a coke bottle. My sister, Dad and I built the most magnificent sandcastle I have ever seen. I can remember the way we played and laughed together that day. I can remember the huge sense of achievement I felt as I walked along the beach watching the tide come in and wash our hard work away. It is one of the most significant memories of my life. Real living really is in the simple things, isn’t it? I’m wondering which ‘simple’ moments and memories shaped your life the most?
What happens when the tide goes out? As the tide recedes, we can begin to discover a variety of pebbles and shells that were previously hidden. We can discover so much more about ourselves both,   professionally and personally. Last year, I had a significant (and initially  very painful) tide recede in my life. It wasn’t easy to see the hidden gifts and opportunities in the initial moments – I had to consciously step back and look for the lessons and blessings. Once I did, they were abundant! It’s the   best thing that ever happened to me. My instinct was to initially try and cling to the familiar things that had given me strength and comfort. It took effort to remind myself that success usually comes when I am flexible; and only then could I adapt and receive. Imagine the last time the tide went out in your life, it might be happening right now… I wonder what ‘miracles’ and precious pebbles are just waiting for you to discover them? Take note today of the blessings you can see as the tide goes out and…
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