Here is the second of my elemental galleries. Click here to see the first: Stone on Earth
These stones rest firmly, while the oceans tides swirl in and out in wild abandon. The wind and the moon can whip the salty waves into fierce frenzies, yet the stones remain serene, calmly waiting for each storm and each high tide to pass. Gradually the ever shifting motion of the sea licks the sharp edges from the steady stones, and they become smooth. Their soft curves invite us to touch them.
Perhaps I can learn the lesson of the ocean washed stone, and allow life’s storms to whirl around me, while I rest firm yet calm within its waves. There is nothing more certain than the rise and fall of the tide, and of future storms to come. However every storm, every crisis will pass, and I might find that some of my sharp edges have been smoothed in the process. By resting firmly I needn’t be picked up and smashed by the storms, and my belief that I can endure and grow whatever is going on around me may strengthen. Perhaps like the smoothed stone in the ocean I will feel easier to approach and be near, with my sharpness washed away. And perhaps I can come to trust a little more each day in life and its ever shifting tides, like the stones in the ocean’s edge.