This evening as the curtain drew to a close on 2015 I sat quietly on my beach. I paused to look back across the year as I beheld the setting sun. I also endeavoured to train my vision on what 2016 may bring.
I concluded that the year about to expire presented me with both turbulence and calm. I wished that there had been a bias towards calm. I appreciate that calm is both a state of mind and a disposition; and from the perspective of my sanctuary, calm is when the wind is below 5 knots, the sea mirror-like and inviting.
This evening it was mostly calm. A mild sou-westerly change had passed in the course of the late afternoon and now the water had returned to a composed state; the tide incoming.
So what of the year ahead? – who knows? I do believe though that 2016 promises many good things. I don’t know what it will look like, I just sense it.
Earlier in the day, as I swam in the tepid waters of Spencer Gulf, the sun still well above the horizon, I was mindful of every breath and every stroke as I propelled my body along a line where the sand met the seagrass. By Moonta Bay standards the beach was busy, young and old alike seeking respite from the biting sun as they too immersed their bodies in the sea.
The cool water enveloped me and quickly lowered my body temperature. My tired muscles, tired from the static hold of a desk job, felt almost instant relief. I could have been anywhere but I was in my sanctuary.
Later, sitting, legs outstretch on the damp pungent seaweed, a cool breeze coming off the water danced around me. When I inhaled deeply it struck me. I decided to stop looking back and to stop trying to pre-empt the year ahead but rather be completely present in the moment.
With that, a tear formed in my eye and its moist saltiness glided down my cheek. My thoughts had turned to those no longer with me and those who are but are not always truly present.
I am alive. I am here. I am present.
The sun fell softly over the horizon and the dusk chased away the last light. I stood from my comfortable resting place and again I inhaled deeply.
A salute to new beginnings.
A new dawn awaits.