Natural selection

Natural selection :

Natural selection:

Picture this: Water is swirling beneath your feet as sand pebbles intertwine and squeeze their way through your toes. Suddenly, the feeling of someone pulling you overtakes you; you try to resist and stand your ground, but you are just sinking…. Then         you        take     one        step          forward         and          then          another….

The start of the water rushing towards you seems like a movie, but it’s that moment when you face yourself. That is just the rip-current from the beach and water intersecting one another. Now the water ripples are starting to rise and hit your chest. The water splashes upward, outward, engulfs you. Your face cringes so you don’t get the water into your face or eyes. Still with me? That is just a natural reflex; just go with it and keep moving forward. Now you are feeling the initial effects of floating, and the gravity in your body shifts. Now you are in 3- to 5-foot ripples and the salt is a smooth taste of pure adrenaline and you can’t get enough of it.

So, you are now swimming arm over arm kicking into the sea. The water is rushing over your head, down the spine of your back, past your waist, and past your feet. The sensation of pressure is slightly moving your feet around. Use your feet as rudders.

Now you are moving deeper into the water and the waves are moving, swirling, dancing like fireflies on a clear night of infinite stars. The sound around you is slowly muffling the world as you watch the water spray off of the surface of the water. You see the tunnel, white wash, and spray; the smell and taste of salt engulfs you like that first reflection of a sunrise coming over the horizon. You’re in the damn ocean. You’re alive! The sea embraces you without hesitation.

So, why title this entry “Natural selection”? Think of it as like Archimedes’ principle; when you are in the water surfing, swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, or just out on the water for any activity, everything is displaced and everything comes together as a singular moment that will become a memory and a sense of accomplishment.

Swim on, folks!

See you in the next post!

Some favorite quotes to end today’s entry:
The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.

(Paul Cezanne)

Pessimism never won any battle.

(Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.

(Thomas Merton)

If you cannot find the truth within yourself, where else do you expect to find it?

(Dogen)

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Author: The Ordinary Compass

Hello and welcome to this collection of anecdotes from my years of ordinary moments and timeless memories. I try to share a positive message, as well as lessons learned which have helped me appreciate life. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple (positive) gesture. I write in the hope that I can make a difference and you as the reader will also see the possibilities that surround you, and as well that the little things do make a big difference. I’m originally from New Jersey, have traveled and lived on both the east and west coasts, and have happily been a Virginia resident for more than ten years. I have been married for over ten years; my wife is my anchor and has kept my compass correct. I have always been an individual who likes the outdoors. I like taking my time to think about the outcomes of situations. I enjoy philosophy and love science. I am no stranger to high adrenaline activities and love everything that revolves around water. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to comment, re-blog (with credit), or just read along! –Robert Konz. The Ordinary Compass: Original photographs and writings are the copyright and property of Robert Konz, and may not be used without permission.

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