“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
I am learning to look closely, and in doing so, I am learning about patience and faith.
Most of my life has been spent not far from the ocean. Whether I am sitting on a beach or diving a reef, I am always at rest when I am by the sea. For the past several years, I have been looking closely for small details on the beach that I may have missed in the past. The tide line is full shifting surprises, and it provides the chance to find small joys in color, form, and substance. When I am looking at the pattern of a broken moon shell, or the mites of color in the sand, I am able to slow down. I am learning to shift into the solitude that Anne Morrow Lindberg wrote about in Gift from the Sea, and to really listen – to the sea, to my heart, and to God.
I photograph what I find in the sand without moving or altering what I see. Most of the photos have only minimal editing when I get them home. I like to look for new colors, shapes, and patterns, and I am never disappointed. There is always something new and wonderful with each tide . . . if I have the patience to look carefully.