So, it's even more important to celebrate the goodness that is in the world, while we also acknowledge the suffering. My mission here today is to share with you some of the moments of goodness that have sustained me over the last month or so.
The first is of course the joy I find whenever I walk along the ocean coastline on the Mornington Peninsula and swim in my favourite ocean pool at the Sorrento back beach. Particularly when the tide is up, but the pool is still demarcated, the sheer pleasure of swimming in a reasonably placid but deep pool of clean ocean water, while watching the power of the surf coming in and out is a wonderful way to be reminded of the goodness and power of nature and the joys it can provide as well as the devastation.
|Some of my mum's great grandchildren at the family gathering at McLelland Sculpture Park|
Continuing on that theme, this weekend I had the opportunity to take the two grandsons down to the beach house and had a most magical evening while the sun was setting, swimming in the bay, Tyke showing me how well he can snorkel and Ari having the loveliest time on the boogie board. Being able to share my love of the water is certainly a high point and the best nourishment for my soul. Though Ari reminded me of the constant signs of the fragility of life when he sought reassurance that his little friends in Tokyo who he visited with his family last year were 'safe'.
So the lesson I think is to be with the ones you love, celebrate the good things that happen while grieving with the people effected the bad things that can happen. Live for the moment and live simply so we tread lightly on this earth.
|A berry clafoutis made by the other half on our new blog|