I have a date with the sunset several times a week for a long beach walk. Tonight…in the bright light of the waning sun…I stopped to collect shells. Two women approached engaged in conversation. They saw me pocketing natures treasures and their eyes scanned the shell pile and they started collecting shells. I walked down the beach and turned back around to see if they were still collecting shells. They were…and another woman had joined the collection process.
I may be wrong but I do believe if I hadn’t been collecting shells the two women would have walked pass the shell pile…and the woman that joined them would have, too. I was thinking about so many ways we get to experience more of life because other people bring us out of our thoughts and into the present moment. While I was thinking about this concept and the desire to write this blog post…I saw a couple facing the Gulf in the opposite direction of the setting sun and there was also a woman ten feet from the couple looking in the same direction. From a life of beach walking I knew what this meant…they saw dolphins and were awaiting the next sighting….and because of these strangers actions I stopped walking and scanned the water for dolphins.
And so we are part of this human wave…where even our simplest actions like shell collecting influence the actions of others…even complete strangers…and together we are always co-creating the present moment.