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Go ahead: kick off your shoes. Roll the socks up in a ball and stuff them inside. And then, your feet free and bare, stroll in the sand of the beach. Fast or slow, it doesn’t matter, because the beach walk is the thing.
Depending upon which direction you go, the ocean will be on your right or your left, an impenetrable barrier with which to be reckoned. No matter how confident and assured you feel, no matter how positive and penetrating your declarations, you’ll be unlikely to move it.
And that’s a good thing. The ocean is a reminder to us that there are large, impressive, indomitable factors on this earth that are not humans, nor to be pushed about by humans. The sea does not maintain its position through the power that money and mass media buy.
It’s just a bunch of water, really. A massive amount of water, actually -- colossal and vast and mind boggling when we take time to let our mind boggle.
Along the beach, there are rock formations here and there, around which we scramble, wondering if we need to temporarily don our shoes, or put confidence in the toughness of our feet. That’s the sort of decision making one makes on a beach walk . . .
You can spend an entire day doing this, interspersing the beach walk with the wave watch – in which you create a spot for yourself in the sand, maybe using driftwood as a backdrop, and simply stare out at the surf. It’s mesmerizing.
Outgoing Tide, the artwork, finds us at the close of just such a day, a day in which we have walked on the beach and watched the waves, listened to the surf and pondered life, and majesty, nature and God. No wonder, at the end of such a day, we feel refreshed and rejuvenated, hopeful and alive.
It all starts with kicking off those shoes.
(This particular beach is near Lincoln City, OR, USA, an area that prides itself on seven miles worth of uninterrupted sand.)
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March 4th, 2021
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