My Gifts from the Sea

The below quotes from Anne Morrow Lindbergh remind me of one of the first Christmases away from my family whilst traveling. Heart sick in Australia, I was missing them terribly, so I went for a walk on a beach at Glenelg, Adelaide to center myself.

I had walked quite a few times there, but previously there were never more than a sparse few shells. That Christmas Day the beach was thick with them. I’m a huge lover of the ocean, and I walked in bliss for a couple of hours, soaking up the sunshine, immersed in the beauty, and collecting a few shells to takeaway. I felt that some angel had heard my prayers and laid these gifts on the beach to soothe my soul.

My family’s heritage strongly includes Scottish, and from a balcony high up on one of the apartment buildings overlooking the beach, some lovely lone sentinel, complete with kilt, played the bagpipes for me as I walked under a cloudless azure sky. I still see and feel all of it.

What were the chances? I suddenly did not feel so bereft; I was clearly cradled by energies watching out over me.

Everything is part of One. Never doubt it for a second…


“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”  ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

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3 thoughts on “My Gifts from the Sea

  1. Rebecca Cuningham

    What a meaningful circumstance that the piper played there on the beach when you were there and lonely. I have Scottish heritage and I get the chills whenever I hear bagpipes as if it’s an ancestral memory that draws me to them.

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