There’s so much going on in the world I need to clear my head.   Driving away from town I take a bumpy dirt road down to a beach where not many go.  From there I walk through the dunes to the open sea   There is nothing but sea and sky between me and Antarctica.

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Walking along the beach I collect scraps of plastic thrown up by tide.    I find a beer bottle with a Chinese label.   The lid is still on and there is still beer inside the bottle.   I figure it must have washed off a fishing trawler somewhere out there in the Southern Ocean.

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Beyond the horizon big trawlers from across the globe ply the waters – who knows how many are out there and if they are fishing sustainably.    Three miles off-shore an oil company is doing exploratory drilling for natural gas.    I’ve signed a petition against it but right now Big Oil rules the waves.   Beyond the rigs the Sea Sheppard vessels will be harassing the Japanese whalers as the whales swim north to calve.   Closer to Antarctica the sea will be choked with melting ice bergs that have broken off the continental ice sheet.   Recently I read Antarctica is breaking up faster than the scientists anticipated.

I stand watching the waves and am overwhelmed with sadness for the state of the planet.   Doom and hopelessness engulf me as I think of the whole sorry mess of species extinction, climate change and seas full of plastic while governments besotted by the dollars handed out by global corporations stand idly by.   Dystopian images of death and destruction gleaned from movies, news reports and bleak contemporary fiction flood my mind.   Everything seems pointless.

I take deep breaths to calm myself.   The Om of the waves as they lap the shore soothes me and my heart opens to the beauty of the moment.

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As I watch the sunlight sparkling on the waves I glimpse alternate futures where the ingenuity and resilience of humanity gathers strength – futures where ecological awareness blossoms into understandings of the interconnection of all things.   I see futures where harmonious and creative ways of living evolve into cohesive social structures where all people are respected.  I see the Earth regenerating and ecological balance being restored.

As I stand and watch the waves it comes to me that this is a pivotal time.   No one can possibly know  exactly what the future will bring.    I, like every one of us, now face a choice.   I can let myself be swept up into the mindset where all hope as gone or I can learn to surf the waves.

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prompt:   https://scvincent.com/2016/05/26/thursday-photo-prompt-still-water-writephoto/













24 thoughts on “Waves

  1. Very lovely and very real and stunning in beauty and full of thoughtful reality. Thank you for this post. Yes, we can give in to hopelessness, or we can find a bit of traction in the ebb and flow of tides and sun and sky and the smaller cycles of life and rebirth that happen all around us. There is much we each do not have control over. There is much that each of us has some control in, and this is all we can make sure to do best we can about: from deeds to choices to energies and the everyday decision that we make. Including those deep breaths by the waves. May the better find an easier path than the worse, because both are possible, and neither is inevitable. Na’ama

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I completely agree with you. It’s all about where we choose to position ourselves. I am currently thinking and reading about how to make choices that will lead to the higher path. Currently I am feeling it has a lot to do with following that which brings us joy.

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      1. I think that’s an excellent rule of thumb: joy, love, light, compassion, kindness, repeat. It may not fix everything (or not quickly) but I can’t imagine anything can go wrong with THAT path!

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  2. I love your post and agree that hope will prevail. The keys are, as you said, respect and connection. When we truly live that way, we will find the joy you speak of. It’s little things like sharing your thoughts that will make the difference. Thank you.

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  3. Wonderful post!!! Have a nice week!!

    Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

    John Lubbock

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  4. Beautiful photos, Suzanne, and interesting observations. I know that feeling of gloom myself as I see every day what’s happening in my own country. I feel quite helpless and hopeless at times from everything that’s going on around us. I do love your vision of the future, and I hope that will come to pass.

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  6. I think more of us need to become surfers, Suzanne. I have a tendency to shut myself off from the dispiriting news, but it’s impossible not to see plastic littering our countryside and beaches. I try to pick up, where I can, and immerse myself in sky, clouds, sea… all the beauty that surrounds us. 🙂 🙂

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