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On The Grid

As we all know by now, life can change in an instant, still we forget.  I was reawakened to this knowing when I got word of a dear one’s sudden health crisis – the kind of news that rocks you off center.  I needed “grounding” in a very real way, so yesterday I trekked to my neighboring bird sanctuary to feel the sun on my face.

It’s January, but Southern California is pretending it’s Spring.  Recent rains have re-wetted The Wetlands causing fluorescent lime ground cover and lonely yellow blooms to burst onto the scene.

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After less than 10 minutes into my hike, I surrendered to the salt air, breathing more deeply than I had in days.  I felt myself center “on the grid” . . . field tripping school children and the metropolis of Los Angeles to my North.

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Snow clad mountains shadowing our desert getaway to the West.

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To my South, were miles more coast line and ultimately, Mexico.

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The nearby seashore held a line of freighters awaiting harbor entry, the island of Catalina and the great Pacific Ocean to my West.

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There I was at the center of my own little Universe and it was . . .

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When the world gets scary and overwhelming, it’s good to know where you are.  Here.  Now.  Present.

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