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Just for a moment

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April 27, 2015
Take in the beauty and remember the good things at the end of each day.

Take in the beauty and remember the good things at the end of each day.

 

Me and my "little" brother, James

Me and my “little” brother, James

It’s not very often that I get to see my brother (who lives in Maine), but last week we were both lucky enough to take a quick trip with our kids to my mom’s house in Longboat Key, Florida to spend a few days together. We don’t talk as often as we should, but when we do get together, I feel like no time has passed. Our conversations are very valuable to me, and I treasure them.

One afternoon, as we sat on the beach with a beer in our hand listening to the waves, feeling the sun on our skin and watching people walk the shore, we were able to have some time alone while “Nana” entertained the kids. We talked about our past, our lives now, and what we hope for the future. As a big sister, I tend to offer my advice a lot – whether it’s wanted or not, I’m not sure. I told him, “James, as someone who has lived a long life (and I’m allowed to say that with yet another birthday coming up this week!). I said, “James, always remember to take time out of each day to live in the moment. Don’t think about things you should have done, or worry about things ahead. Sit still, take it all in –whatever that beautiful moment may be – and appreciate it. Appreciate the sunshine, or the sound of a train, or Baylor (his 12 year old son) paying attention to you and taking your hand.”

Now, it’s much easier for me to give advice than to take my own — however, I have been concentrating on slowing down. My mind is always so full of things and thoughts. Even when I go for walks, often times my mind is racing with everything I need to do and and what I may have done right or wrong.  I know that I need to relax, take a deep breath and just appreciate the beauty around me and the life I am living. During my walks, I now try to make a conscience effort to slow down, sit, listen to the sounds around me, take in the beauty and feel the moment. Even if it is just that — a moment.

And that’s what I did that afternoon. When our conversation came to a close, I let it stay quiet. I glanced at him, felt the sand on my feet, the salt air on my skin and let myself be so very happy ~ for just that moment.

My favorite spot along the bay. On my walk I spotted 1 manatee, 2 dolphins and quite a few peacocks!

My favorite spot along the bay. On my walk I spotted 1 manatee, 2 dolphins and quite a few peacocks!

 

Although this post is not so much about the dunes, I hope you enjoyed it. Please share if you did! Thank you all for reading and keep diggin’ those dunes!

~ Eve

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    Bob Cotton

    April 27, 2015

    Such good advice. Often walked the southern tip beach on Longboat Key . A fvorite memory.

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      DigTheDunes

      April 27, 2015

      Thank you for reading!

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    Will Wegiel

    April 27, 2015

    Love your posts and at times swapping pictures. Moving towards the end of the wick of life and the lake shore of old blue keeps me smiling. I have camped all along her lovely shores. Southern tip to the UP. Not much of Wisconsin. Read the history from early America to the present. Visited the Mackinac Island several times, it’s where history burst tinto like. A must for everyone who loves the lake. Also a pitch for Lake Michigans bigger sister and Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Where everything comes to stop but your foot steps. Me and a old friend backpack that islands many trails and like other wildness places you learn that you part of this planet and not above it. Too old to swing up the pack and hike for endless miles. I can come to the lake shore and dream of the sun on my face with miles to go, moose to see. Endless campfires with stories to tell and make. The pictures keeps me smiling. Close my eyes listen to the shore line birds and waves, I’m 20 again sweaty with a pack and a campfire tonight. Thanks to the National and State Park services in keeping it clean and for everyone.

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      DigTheDunes

      April 27, 2015

      Thank you so much! Sounds like you have been living a wonderful life! I am glad my photos can bring back memories for you. 🙂

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