On a wonderful January day, I was walking under the heavy gray skies next to the rolling surf of the Atlantic Ocean. The changing tides had deposited millions of shells along the shoreline. As I walked in complete solitude, I was torn between watching the ground on which I was walking, to spot beautiful unique shells, or to watch the beautiful horizon ahead of me, where the sky, ocean and island met. If I stayed focus on my goal, where sky, ocean and island met, I would miss the beauty right at my feet and would have possibly fallen in the multiple tidal pools along the shore.
I realized that this journey is just like our relationships!
We must have goals. There must be a place we want to arrive with our partner. Our eyes must be set upon that goal and know how we plan to get there, even having mile markers to tell us our progress. We have to have the skills to navigate the path on which we travel and at the same time be willing to adjust those skills as needed.
As I walked this morning, I found myself navigating the rock jetties that has been built to protect the island. I had not been able to see these obstacles as I set my eye upon the original goal. I also had to brace myself against a brisk wind that I had not felt as I left the campsite. Our relationships are like this. We must be able to see the obstacles to our goals; we must be braced for the winds of change that come our way.
Only by keeping a eye on the path immediately before me could I navigate the uneven sand, the rock jetties and piles of shells which changed the walking surface. It was only by focusing on the path before me did I see the beauty of the many, many unique shells, driftwood and bird feathers. Even in their brokenness, the shells made a wonderful, beautiful, colorful mosaic. It is important that we look at our relationship and find the beauty in it even in the broken pieces, the unexpected, uneven path.
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