It’s no secret by now that I love the beach. As I’ve said before there is just something about the sand between my toes, a walk through the surf and listening to the waves that is just so soothing. But one other thing I like to do while I walk along in the water is to collect seashells.
Gathering seashells is something I’ve done since I was a child. I always brought home a handful of shells that I would add to my ever-growing collection in a basket that sat on my bookshelf. I even bought a book to help me identify each shell and still have it to this day.
When I look at shells they first remind me of the beach itself. But it really goes deeper than that. I can imagine the sea creature that once inhabited the shell, just waiting to shed his/her current shelter in place of a bigger home. Then there are the intricacies of the shell itself. The grooves that give the shell texture; the colors that seem to melt one into another. To me shells are another wonder of our natural world that is so beautiful and wondrous.
As humans, we sometimes build shells around ourselves. They are called “comfort zones”. We feel content inside our “shell” and sometimes it is very hard to leave that feeling of protection. But in order for us to grow, sometimes we have to leave that “shell” to be able to reach the goals we set or to take care of a sudden issue that is unfamiliar to us or to be able to experience the richness of our world. This list could go on and on but suffice to say, sometimes, just like the little creatures of the seashells that grow and move on to new shells, we too should keep finding ways to keep growing and learning thus expanding our horizons.
Big Hugs To All!
Seashells And Comfort Zones