Be Still…

One of my favorite books is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. First published in 1955, Lindbergh’s thoughts on life, relationships and silence still ring true today.


I have revisited this book numerous times, throughout the past 10 years, each time taking away something new. Lindbergh draws her inspiration about the stages of life,  from shells she finds on the shore, during a brief vacation alone, by the sea.   Lindbergh held such truth and wisdom in her writing, as a woman, mother and wife in 1955.

“When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others, too.”

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The Shores of Lake Michigan

Today, as I read through some familiar passages, I discovered one of my favorite quotes, once again…

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient.  One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”

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Grand Haven Light House

Today, take some time to Be Still…

Remember these bits of wisdom and carry them throughout your days, like the waves carry sea shells to the shore…

  “Don’t wish me happiness.  I don’t expect to be happy all of the time…  It’s gotten beyond that somehow.  Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.  I will need them all.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…





Our Big Island Adventure: Part III

After exploring the haunted MacKenzie State Park, we were extremely content to continue on our way down Kaimu-Kapoho Rd.   We were very excited to head South, for we knew what was waiting for us at the end of this winding stretch of road…an active volcano! Before long, the road ended, due to past lava flows, in the small town of Kaimu.  This town was completely destroyed and buried, by an eruptive flow of lava, in 1990. It is known for its black sand beach, which has been restored since the flow.  Locals and visitors continue to bring sprouted coconuts to restore the lost trees.

From this point, we took the fork in the road, which led us to a large parking lot filled with bike rentals.  We were at the East entrance of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park …our adventure was about to become a bit heated, to say the least! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part III”