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Humility and Simplicity At Their Best...


I drove past the beach yesterday. The sight of the large mass of water overwhelmed me! It’s been a while since I’ve seen the ocean, what a treat it was to be humbled by its sight. I opened my sunroof to feel the breeze and the rays of sun on my skin. Lee Ann Womack’s “I hope You Dance” came to mind and made me tear up with its beautiful lyrics, “I hope still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.” And that I did! I stood beside the ocean and felt so humbled and happy to catch a glimpse of it. I was happy that I pulled over and snapped a picture. If I could ever capture peace and nirvana in a photograph, this would be it! I was having a bad day yesterday and was feeling vulnerable in that moment, which is probably why I was open enough to have that rare and beautiful experience.

I was born and raised in landlocked cities and it wasn’t until I was ten-years-old that I first saw the ocean in person. It’s always been a bit of an odd concept to wrap my mind around a huge mass of water expanding millions of square miles. Yesterday, a memory of my childhood popped up as I was singing Lee Ann Womack’s song—my little-self was standing facing the water, imagining people dumping buckets of water to refill the ocean so it wouldn’t run out. It was wonderful to be in that headspace for those few minutes. Life was simple and my ideas were sweet. The gift of those glimpses of innocence and simplicity were enough to turn my day around and make it so much more meaningful. And for that, I’m grateful.

In hope, I am fearless.

-Fabiola

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