It seems impossible that we are on the brink of another seasonal transition, which I always welcome with both blessed anticipation and nostalgia. On balmy summer mornings as I enjoy my tea and garden, I quietly reflect on the stories I have been graced with this past summer; acknowledging that each story has a purpose and a relevance to each of us.
Moved and inspired by this idea, I urge each of you to take a few moments each day to not only recollect your own stories, but to listen to and engage with the stories of others. I promise there is wisdom in all of them, even the seemingly most trivial and even if it doesn’t feel immediately obvious. Sometimes, the stories that we are shown don’t reveal their wisdom in weeks, months or even years to come.
An excerpt from what’s currently on my bookshelf, a book that I’ve read three times in the past three years and which offers up a new pearl of wisdom with every read. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg is a gem of a summer read with anecdotes and sage advice on navigating some of life’s more pressing challenges. The 50th anniversary edition has a beautiful forward by the author’s daughter.
“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.”
Laura Ponticello is an Amazon bestselling author of Live the Life of Your Dreams: 33 Tips for Inspired Living, inspired by life stories of people across the globe. Her current book is The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening. Connect with Laura