“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and, greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea
Lindbergh’s words come back to me as I contemplate the frenzy of living and the pull of making the most of every moment, especially on vacation (how often do we say we need a vacation after returning from our vacation?). Life is not always a matter of doing, of endlessly digging for treasure…but carving out time just to be and to see what treasures may come. For they will. And we will be far less likely to miss them.
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Patience….faith…patience…faith…I can hear them in the rolling and receding of each wave. Patience…faith…and now that I write these words, I think maybe I wrote a poem that balanced these two. Now I’m going to have to look!
Of course, seeing the quotation by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, I thought of Reeve Lindbergh’s memoir “No More Words,” about Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s final days – she had suffered several strokes and was rendered virtually speechless. Powerful stuff.
As for those treasures, time to get diggin’!
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I hope you find your poem on patience and faith, Lainie. There is something of their rhythms in the ebb and flow of the ocean. Much like life, much like Anne writing of raising children and Reeve writing of her mother’s last days. Continuity…the theme of the sea. And the writer!