the weather was overcast and a storm was brewing as my family was enjoying the afternoon on the beach.  The sea gulls were active, moving around us in anticipation of a meal, and scurrying about before the storm arrived.

The grace of the birds swooping through the mist, a subtle contrast from the gray that surrounded them, was inspiring.  The stark beauty of the scene was moving.

Natural beauty surrounds us everywhere.  Natural, authentic beauty that can take our breath away and touch us deep within, in a place that is real and whole and without pretense.

This, where we meet
ourselves
instead of chasing
the empty wind . . . .