Life in the in-between

27 01 2012

Swanbourne Beach at dawn, West Australia

I love to walk along the very edge of our country, developing a rhythm along the hard, wet sand. It takes me to the ‘in-between’, where I’m not fully on land, but not fully in water. The ‘in-between’ is a place to wrestle with my thoughts. It’s where the forces of nature fight each day. The current meets the shore and picks up tonnes of sand, transporting it easily to another bay where it reshapes the landscape. It gives and takes. Gives and takes. Gives and takes.

As I stop and face the ocean from the safety of land, the wave pulls back and makes me dig my toes into the sand. It erodes my foothold easily, forcing me to decide whether to join it or step back. The ‘in-between’ calls me to action.

I’m reminded that my walk today is just that. I lay footprints on the sand, little indentations that leave a print of me, but only for a day. There is no road, no track, no path mapped out. I’m here for today. The ‘in-between’ is always shifting, changing. It will last until the moon beckons the sea and it brings with it new sands, new shapes and a new bay for another day.

I come away much clearer, knowing that I can surrender to something or just step back, knowing my landscape will constantly change with give and take. And I can make a new path again tomorrow.

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15 responses

27 01 2012
Inger-M

Wow, this is so good it just blew me away! Stunning in contents and writing. “I’m here for today”, so to the point, and exactly what these stones are all about. I’m left with so much food for thought, thank you for sharing this! xo

27 01 2012
Louise

Thanks so much Inger-Marie. This is an excruciatingly personal blog for me and I’m touched that it also speaks to others too. Yes, we are here for today – let’s enjoy it and be thankful.

27 01 2012
Inger-M

Ooops, just forgot to say that I love the photo too. Such a beautiful illustration for your stone, and it’s also awesome by itself!

27 01 2012
J Cosmo Newbery

What a lovely beach to be ‘in-between’ on!

27 01 2012
Chris Alice Donner

Beautiful, my friend, beautiful. I could feel it with you.

27 01 2012
Louise

Thanks so much for your encouragement – it’s helped me to be me. πŸ˜‰

27 01 2012
latebloomerbuds

Louise,

Such thoughtful words to accompany your photo. Lovely. Margie

28 01 2012
Louise

Thanks Margie πŸ™‚

28 01 2012
Cee Neuner

Such a pristine and beautiful beach. I could hear every word and walk right a long side you.

28 01 2012
Louise

You’d love it Cee, the sight and sound of the water is lovely here.

28 01 2012
Fergiemoto

Beautiful!

30 01 2012
tmhHoover

It appears many of us walk that “in between”, not quite in or out. We walk right along with you.

30 01 2012
Louise

So good to know that it a familiar place for many and we needen’t feel alone. Thanks Teri

31 01 2012
14ideasforaname

how beautiful – both the words and photo. You just given me a whole new angle to think my walks from! Thank you for stopping by my blog, or I wouldn’t have found yours . .

take care

31 01 2012
Louise

thanks for the visit! πŸ™‚

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