Why is fear always associated with Hurricanes? Sure, Hurricanes can do damage but they can also give us an awesome display of mother nature's power and beauty.
I walk on Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire almost daily. There’s an energy on that beach that most regulars grow to know in their soul. When we’re away from it for too long, it calls our name.
Wallis Sands is like a good friend. No matter what mood you're in that day, you always feel better after walking her shores. The sun, water, and sand are always inviting. The birds welcome you with their presence, curiosity and sometimes put on a show by flying clams into the air and letting them fall out of the sky to crack them open. Most days are just peaceful.
Today, while Irene was visiting Wallis Sands, my friend Dorothy Morgan and I decided to take a drive for an impromptu visit. We got out of the car and were barely able to make to the edge of the parking lot due to the shear force of the wind. We couldn't even see the ocean because the winds and sand were ripping so hard against our face, we had to get back into the car. Perhaps Wallis Sands didn’t want any additional visitors while she was entertaining Irene for the day. She told us in no uncertain terms to leave.
The experience was highly unusual. Imagine a good friend who is usually calm and serene getting madder than hell? Well, that's was my friend Wallis Sands was like today. Irene was obviously a high maintenance guest for our favorite beach.
As Dorothy and I drove away from Wallis Sands, we passed the sea gulls all lined up next to each other in the parking lot behind the locked gate—similar to humans locked up in their own homes to ride out the storm. Dorothy pointed out that all the gray back sea gulls were in one group and the dark back sea gulls were huddled together in another group in the lot. Interesting.
As we drove further down the road, we passed a group of snowy egrets huddled together in the marsh. It occurred to me that birds are no different than people during a storm. Most families were huddled around the television in their home. The birds were huddled together in theirs.
During the years I have walked daily on Wallis Sands, I’ve come to appreciate the ocean moods. Most days, she is pleasant, soothing and supportive. Other days, you must respect her temper and keep your distance or risk getting hurt by her fury.
On days like this, I’m reminded of the awesome power of nature and the respect it commands from all living creatures…including those humans who think they know everything but find they have no control over nature’s moods.
Perhaps we should replace fear of hurricanes with respect for their power and influence.
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