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The other day, I walked along the ocean, and crouched down here and there to take a look of it from a different point of view. I wondered what it was like, for something so big to be in the background, for something so grand to come in second. What I discovered shouldn’t surprise me; trying to put it in the background is an effort in futility.

It’s wonderful to have the ocean nearby, to marvel at it, to be in eternal awe of something I will never understand.

I hope we each have things like that, things that are so amazing that they can never be relegated to the background, even when we try. I have some of that in my life: my child, the love in my life, the wonder I feel at all sorts of natural phenomena. I don’t ever want to lose sight of those things.

Certainly, there are hard things too that are part of the permanent landscape of our lives. Sometimes it isn’t possible to lose sight of all of that, even when we desperately want to. I hope, though, that for the most part, I see the beauty first.

I want to forget myself, and get lost in the wonder of this world.

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