Monday, January 10, 2011

Embracing Change

Condado Beach near the Conrad Hotel


Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living.
Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.

Bruce Barton

Walking by the beach inspires me to reflect on all that has changed this past year- so many endings and beginnings:  my daughter has graduated high school and is attending college in the States; my brother-in-law, Joel, passed away; we moved from the mountains to the beach, I was laid off and my career is in flux. All of the changes have a tendency to make me feel I'm standing on shaky ground. Actually, we even had a couple of earthquakes this past year. While my daughter and I were shopping at JC Penney in Plaza Las Americas for Christmas gifts, the stacked boxes around the center escalators suddenly began the rock back and forth. We're having an earthquake! I yelled.  Not knowing where to go or what to do, we held on to each other while the boxes fell. People scattered and an employee fainted. Afterwords we laughed in relief once we were certain everyone was fine. Events such as these make you re-evaluate what's important in life, don't you think?

7 comments:

  1. I wish you and your family the best for 2011!!

    "Not knowing where to go or what to do, we held on to each other while the boxes fell."

    You completely capture what is important in life, yes!

    From the mountains to the beach? From higher ground to lower terrain; different tactics entail...

    I like your earthiness, your connection to mother nature and as you embrace your new rhythm she will surely hold onto you.

    Mama Shujaa.

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  2. Life so often shakes us up. Hopefully, we can then grow into gratitude.

    Really nice post. Thanks.

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  3. Mama Shujaa,
    Thanks for your visit and your insight! I appreciate your perceptiveness. Have a wonderful year ahead!

    Myrna,
    So true. I hope you have a peaceful year! Thanks for reading, and for your encouragement.

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  4. Embracing change and being flexible...both mentally and physically....this is my mantra too Cynthia.....Happy New Year, xv.

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  5. That image of a crashing wave is bursting through my screen. I expect to find puddles on my keyboard. So much change for you, but I think you’ll find your center of gravity on the beach.

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  6. Beautiful photography.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Thank you, FP! I hope you have a lovely weekend too.

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