It has now been about four-and-a-half years since I moved from Bethesda to Ocean City. I will always remember shutting the door on my high-rise apartment for the last time. It felt more like the crash landing of an entire life I had spent 16 years building in that upscale suburban community. Looking back, I see now that it was indeed the end of an era, but it was not the final chapter of my story. The page turned. And I moved on. And while it certainly didn’t feel like it at the time, there were better days ahead.
One of the great joys of my life these days, living at the beach, is being able to wake up, go down to and sit at the water’s edge, to capture a shot like the one above, which is exactly what I did this morning.
After a rainy Labor Day weekend, with wind advisories and beach hazard warnings in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine, local authorities urged holiday weekend beach-goers to stay out of the water. But surfers live for these types of ocean conditions. The more treacherous the current, the quicker they don their wet-suits, grab their surf boards, and head for the sea.
Back in 2005, just after completing 11 years as a television executive at Discovery Channel, I started writing a daily email called Inspired Every Day. My goal was to wake up each morning and consciously seek inspiration from what appears to be the mundane sights, sounds, observations, tasks, activities, crises and challenges experienced in the days of my life. I don’t always remember to look for the sacred in simple things, but when I do I find it.
If we set the intention first thing in the morning, and then seek it out as we go about living, we can be inspired – by something big or small – every single day. #WiseManWords #InspiredEveryDay
Today, I was inspired to take this photo. It is a beautiful image. And it inspires me.
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