Always keep a shell your pocket and you’ll forever carry a little beach day in your heart.
Hey y’all – it’s Hope here and I’m coming ‘atcha with a quick little Hopeservations on this chilly Florida morning.
When I was very young, just a little girl – my father taught me this wonderful little lesson. “Always keep a shell your pocket and you’ll forever carry a little beach day in your heart.” Probably because we couldn’t always be together as I went back and forth between my mom in the mountains of Georgia and my dad on the Gulf Coast beaches of Florida. My two beautiful young divorced parents, so full of love for life and for me, both in their own way.
In truth, as years went by I didn’t always recollect this specific lesson but deep down, it must have stuck! Here it is, decades later and I have collected shells galore. They sit on my dresser and around my house in little glass bottles and baskets. They are some of my most beloved momentos. I have sand, shells and rocks from all over. Alaska, the beaches of South Carolina, up an down the Florida coastline, the Azores, and loads of other travels. Some I have gathered, some have been given to me by my children, my grandmothers, and various other family members.
These are GIFTS that remind me of days past, present and the promise of ones to come. They are carried in my heart and a constant reminder of moments that can occur on any given day.
No matter where I go or what I’m doing – the beauty of my simple coastal living is never far from my mind. It’s my way of keeping life in check! Beachy, summer living is simply a state of mind, especially when you live in a vacation destination.
Only really, ALL OF LIFE is simply a state of mind. I have been blessed with this mindset for decades now and life is meant to be filled with JOY. Carefree and whimsical. Even among some of the toughest days. Isn’t it THAT…the very moments of play and lighthearted nature in the face of turmoil that helps ALL of us keep life in perspective?
When we use opposing principles, it illustrates to us the guiding truths!
Where there is sorrow, find joy! Where there is hatred, sow love! Where there is injury, find pardon…
I learned a long time ago, I have the POWER to choose. So I choose the attitude that reflects the spirit I want to present. Does that mean I FAKE happiness?! No – of course not! But it’s within MY power to be the bright smiling one. It’s within my power to be the friendly, warm welcoming spirit. It is within my power to be cheerful instead of gloomy. Even if I choose to simply be silent. This is all within my power!
So when I choose to share my cheerful heart with those around me, I literally act as a change agent for good.
We all carry within us the force that turns the tide for the better and quite genuinely can brighten others’ life experiences…maybe only for a moment or maybe for even longer.
A light hearted outlook has the potential of filling the world with greater joy and the ripple effect is contagious!
Why not try it? Go be a change agent in your little circle of the world!
So get out there and enjoy the beach day that lives in your heart…even if your not able to be at the beach!
After all – it’s simply a state of mind!
“A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
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As always…Go in love,