about writing and life and God

How to be happy

on February 24, 2013

I’ve got sand on my boots as I sit in the car,

the roar of creamy-topped wild waves in my ears,

a mug of hot coffee in my hand from the flask I brought from home,

and a sense of delight.


First I walked along the promenade as usual,

then could not resist the lure of the waves.

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So down I went: over the soft golden sand nearest the beach huts,

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past the band of shiny, flat, sea-washed pebbles,

plowtered through the treacherous looks-firm sand where the water is leaching out from beneath with the receding tide,

and finally down to the freshly damp, freshly freed, firm sand with its scatter of stones.

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No one else seems to be venturing this close –

then a dog rushes past me.

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A girl-child in layers of pinks and florals dashes past in the opposite direction

and then I hear the delighted shriek as the waves come too close.

It’s snowing.

The sky is grey.

The lamp in the lighthouse is lit.

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How to be happy? It’s easy: relax and enjoy the journey. You can, when God is with you.



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