Please take my hand, my precious friend, and lets walk barefoot through the sand. As we walk let's try to make sense of life and all of its many complicated variables. Do you see the water continually washing against the sea shore? Did you notice the water dragging sand and pebbles away with each wave? That represents " father time." We have no more power over the ocean and its powerful magnificence than we do over the passing or changing of time. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, or is it?

Do you see the clouds starting to form over-head? Do you realize that we cannot stop the inevitable thunder showers no matter how hard we try? Even though we would love to see the sky stay sunny and bright, nature in all its awesome power will invariably have its own way. Darkness, and stormy weather are a fact of life. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, or is it?

Do you see the seagulls flying free and casually through the air? Do you realize that their freedom can be threatened and taken away in a split second of time? In their innocence, they can become prey to devastation and death at the hands of cruelty and disregard for the significance of their life. A fisherman may think it is fascinating to throw them a worm on a hook. Or a group of bored teen-agers may find it entertaining to use them as target practice. Their lives like ours, are vulnerable and full of possible mishaps. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, or is it?

Do you see how high and powerful the waves are rising as the thunderstorm gets nearer? Do you feel the passionate emotion the untamed ocean is provoking? Emotions such as anger, rage, animosity, and ultimately danger. The ocean is like life, sometimes smooth and beautiful and sometimes so out of control as to cause heart-ache, harm or death. But we have no power or control over the ocean. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, or is it?

The beach and all its beauty can instantly and without warning turn into an inferno of fierce high seas, and brutal winds, gruesomely destroying and causing turmoil. Just as life can be so very wonderful and joyful one moment and then take a tragic turn towards disaster in a matter of seconds. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, but is it?

Life and its hardships and tragedies, are just like the other variables of nature. We must learn to appreciate the beauty around us. We must enjoy to the fullest the peaceful, joyful moment. The course of our life can change in a split second of time. Maybe our only choice is to accept it, but is it?

We all have choices, we all have some amount of control over our destiny. Although we can not change everything, it is important to strive our hardest to alter the things we can. We can touch and enjoy the feel of the sand and pebbles, taking comfort in their reminder to be as productive as possible because time stops for no one. We can take shelter from the thunderstorm and at the same time marvel at its brilliance and power. We can prepare for the onslaught of the viscous wind as it reminds us not to take anyone or anything for granted. We can do our best to protect the seagulls and all other vulnerable creatures that surround us each day. We can attempt to make the most out of the life we have so graciously been given. Look at the obstacles that stand before you realizing there may be many. Then decide what you can do to change your own state of affairs, and in doing so actively fight for a happier more fulfilled future. Don't sit back and be like the vulnerable docile seagull, taking bait without comprehending the negative consequences.

by: Debbie Wilson