Oh, Happy Day... a Day at the Beach, Just What the Doctor Ordered

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Phillipians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

West coast sunset
West coast sunset

Come, let us go to the beach!

Did you know....

in the State of Florida, you are never any further than 60 miles from the ocean?

As the seagull flies, I am much, much closer than that.

The perfect distance for a weekend getaway or a day trip. Oftentimes, a minimum of a morning, an afternoon or an evening trip, will suffice.

The best time is whenever I feel the need to escape and I will admit, the older I get, the more often I am feeling and filling that need.

Spoiled? I don't think so, I do not look at it that way.

I like to think of myself as...perfectly and strategically placed, so full advantage may be taken!

When these eyes of mine aren't focusing as sharply as they should be, due to pressure brought on by many various things...

When these ears of mine are hurting, having heard much too much negativity, hate-filled bias and ignorance...

When this mind of mine is no longer tuning in and clarity is sought, but hard to find, due to political static, interference, too much ugliness overload, whatever the case or cause may be...

When distractions seem to be getting the better of me, encircling me and bogging me down.....

Another beautiful day in the Florida Keys
Another beautiful day in the Florida Keys

At the sea, at the sea, at the beautiful sea

I check out!

I seek solace and for me, it is found, at the sea!

At the sea, at the sea, at the beautiful sea!

When weary begins to settle into my bones and so much more than my normal routine is called for, my body begins to call out (sometimes it cries out and sometimes, it screams) for a soft sugary-white shore, provided within the time of a very short drive, where my preferred method of pampering shall be found.

The simple action of bare feet meeting sand; toes digging in and getting reacquainted once more, is when, where and how the healing process begins.

The sound of the surf gently touching the shore, the wind meeting the waves, creating a symphony of soothing sounds, causing my cluttered mind and strained eyes to close and rest, so that I may refresh and renew.....

The sun on my face on a sunny and 72 day is the remedy my body has so desperately been craving and is the perfect prescription to get me back up to speed.

My cruising speed.

Sanctuary is found, when a refreshing ocean spray, ever so gently, sweeps over me, leaving behind a barely there soft mist, not enough to startle or take my breath away, but just enough to awaken my spirit and tantalize my every sense...

...as I become a better version of ME!

Therapy without walls.

Clarity without clutter.

Breaking through the fog...

my happy place is where I feel closer to God!

Right where I need to be, when I need to be.


Bring it on!

So, you probably guessed what I did today!

I did not simply dream about getting away, I got away.

I sought solace and it was found.....at the beach!


I am now recharged and ready.

Bring it on...I can handle all of the negativity and all of the ugliness, which may seek me out and come my way.

More importantly, I am in a much better position to focus on the positives, better equipped to see the silver linings, though pencil thin those linings may be at times, much simpler to spot, via a fine-tuned change in my attitude.

East coast sunrise
East coast sunrise

Where is your happy place?

Not only is it very draining, as we get caught up in this modern day, fast-paced, in-our-face news on steroids, constant stimulation, it can be very damaging to our psyche, as well.

Especially for those of us that haven't always lived at such a fast pace.

But, whatever your age, your job, your current situation, we all need to take the time we need, from time to time!

Whether it is taking a therapeutic timeout up on the roof of a city apartment building to look up at the sky or enjoying the precious gift of a warming fire, as a cold wind blows and the snow continues to fall, for what seems to be an eternity.

Whether it is taking our latest book and relocating to a totally new place, for a totally new experience or heading down the road to the lake or the beach...whatever gets us near the water!

  • When our head starts spinning and even little things begin to set us off.
  • When we've failed to consider our many blessings, because we've been so consumed by the actions of the many that we've allowed to get under our skin and on our last nerve. (I can hear ya'll now...."umhum", "that's right", "amen")
  • When we no longer stop and smell the roses! (as I've often heard said, throughout my life)

It is past time!

What did you do today?

Where is your happy place?

Haven't found it yet...well, isn't it about time?

© 2018 A B Williams


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      A B Williams 5 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Oh, I so need today to be a beach day, but, alas...duty calls!