The Mark of Wisdom

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‘The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I walked the beach with my family this week we looked out from the shore, and just two hundred metres away we could see the silhouettes of a dozen dolphins surfing the waves.

Over the next ten minutes or so, as we continued to walk, we were accompanied by this seaside group of performers as they leapt out of the water and surfed and frolicked in the waves – as if they were putting on this performance for only the four of us.

A common event some would say. But for us it was miraculous.

And then there was the sunrise and the tides. The windswept sand. The shells. The sea hawk. The magpies. The wattle birds and their young. The young brush turkey scratching around in the undergrowth. The rabbits feeding on the green grass. The wind forcing its way through the slightly ajar window creating a high pitched whistle. Then there was the crashing waves. The pull of the ocean. The push of the breeze.

And to add to this there was the laughter of family gathered together. The delight of food and friends. The conversation. The comfortable silence. The long walk. The short run. The refreshing swim. The sharing of gifts.

In every common event – that at times we take completely for granted – lies the miraculous. For therein lessons are learnt, instructions given, and teachings taught – especially when the student is ready to learn.

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