Posts Tagged ‘Rottnest Island’

I love watching the sun set over the ocean. It one of the privileges of  life that I am able to experience, as I live on the west coast of Australia. During the hot summer months, it is a treat to travel to Fremantle, which is a busy bustling area with lots of places to eat, pavement coffee shops and some of the worlds best Fish and Chips. We are never alone as we sit on a bench or limestone wall,  surrounding us are many like-minded people, all gathering to witness the close of another day and usher in the darkness of night.

Mechanically we feed food into our mouths, not wanting to miss any of the spectacle that is happening in front of us. The ocean picks up the colours of summer fruits, as the searing sun fades to a mangos and peaches smorgasbord. Cameras snap away, attempting to capture the moment for eternity and I realize how many times I have done the same. Wanting to hold onto precious times, relive a past event, often never returning to them, because we get caught up in the busyness of today and the tomorrows.

As a part of connecting with the ocean and its rhythm I have been scouring some of those snaps, it has been a happy sad time, as I’ve stared into the faces of people who have since passed away, there are holiday moments that bring a huge smile to my face and then there are those distant places that I still call home, but visit so rarely.

The bright vibrant colour of orange, has colluded with the word objective and together we are transitioning a new work in my life. In many ways, as on a colour wheel, it is completely opposite to purple and my ‘Purple Project’, where I set out to wear something purple each day and grow into my regal princess position, one of confidence and authority.

As I investigate these emotions, I find myself checking my responses in line with my Christian values and beliefs. Then as recommended in Cheryl Richardson’s book (The art of extreme self-care), navigate ways in which I can learn from the oceans continuity, allowing rhythm and routine to better schedule my life. There is a saying that goes, ‘If you want to get something done ask a busy person’. This is true on many occasions, but I recently discovered, as I set out to attempt NaNoWriNo, everyone has their limits.

Knowing who we are and what we are capable of is important. Whether we need to be stretched to explore  a greater potential, or have our wings clipped to slow life down brings many challenges.

One thing I do know for sure is, that celebrating the close of a productive day with a majestic sunset, connects me to my faith, stills my soul and sets me up for what ever life may throw at me next.

My selection of photos for you today have all been taken in Western Australia. Top right is north of Perth, near a small country town called Dongara. Middle left is in Fremantle and the bottom one is taken on Rottnest Island, a short distance from Fremantle. All are wonderful places to explore.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012


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