Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sea Glass and the Passage of Time - By West Coast Sea Glass

"But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity.”  L. Montgomery
Sea glass... 'Tis been said that it won't last forever.  Sigh....Does anything good and beautiful really last forever?  Anything?  Not in this world at least.  My beach-trekking, driftwood-hopping knees are thankful for that. I get a new knee sometime this winter. Unfortunately, I've already been told that it - yes, the "new" knee won't last forever.

Sometimes when we must go through a personal change it can feel like a time-slowing endeavor.  We find ourselves being "constructed upon", then awaking, then recovering.  It can force us to sit still for a few moments - or a couple days and pause to think about great things like....eternity.
Thank goodness I have a big window and the amaranthine waves to gaze out apon while I recoup.

Most of us hope to be renewed and awakened during such times of thought or transformation.  As a mom of young twins, I will be happy with a couple days of peace and inactivity.

Sea glass reminds me of ungraspable eternity in some ways. Though its physical attributes cause it to be a temporal thing, the piece itself has been on the move from place to place for an infinity. It's gone from being broken, unwanted, then discarded and through a slow journey at sea for a lifetime (as some understand slowness to be).

But, wait!  If something's been broken then by definition doesn't that mean that it didn't or doesn't "last"?  Usually, the answer is "Yes!"

But who can fathom the depths of such a journey? And who can say how long has it traveled... does anyone really know?  Does "broken" really mean it didn't last?  Perhaps    "broken" could possibly mean repurposed.
To most of us, sea glass represents something of a past that's been resurrected.  It is timeless, nostalgic and archaeologically historic.  It comes full circle and back to us after a journey of completeness.

No, it won't last forever as nothing temporal really ever does.  To me, that's a good thing.
Sea glass also reminds us that this here-and-now isn't all there is, but that there are bigger things and histories that went before us and will complete themselves after us.

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1 comment:

SWiggins said...

Just like life does to people, we are sometimes broken and then polished by events,to be treasured.