Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Long Walks On The Beach

I've always seen myself as the type of person that would really like taking a long walk on the beach, but growing up in Minnesota my long walks on the beach always ended too fast. The beaches there are never long enough for a for a true long walk. You usually just end up pacing back and forth on the beach. About a month ago, I talked a little bit about sleeping on a beach in Oregon. The Oregon coast is beautiful to say the least, but in December, it's a little too cold for taking any long walks. And so today, I took some time to take a long walk on the beach.

Ocean beaches are absolutely beautiful. It's awesome to be able to see the shear power of the ocean and to watch the amount of life the ocean gives. There are seagulls by the hundreds all around.

But there wouldn't be any of that life without death. That's what I experienced on my first long walk on the beach ever. As I was watching the waves, I saw something big being tossed around. It didn't take long to realize that it was a dead sea lion. Observing the sea lion wash up on shore was sad, but it's important to remember that this sea lion was now becoming food to so many other animals. In death, it will bring so much life.

So what does this have to do with homelessness? Not a lot besides that we all have the right and opportunity to enjoy the world we live in. What it has to do with life on earth for all of the planets inhabitants is everything. The point of all of this is that we are all in this world together, and it takes all of us, no matter what our species to make this world what it is. So no matter what your living situation, class,or net worth, get out there and enjoy it.

As far as us as a human community goes, you can say the same thing, it takes each of us to make the world what it is now, and it takes all of us to make the world a better place.

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