I spent a majority of my life growing up in Southern California. It is normal to spend a day, a school day, or even a day off of work at the beach. There is something refreshing and liberating about walking on the beach, hearing the sounds of the Pacific Ocean, and smelling the salty air.
The beauty of the beach in my opinion has to be the sand. What is amazing about sand is the unique makeup of uncounted grains which span the shores of the West Coast. Scientist have discovered when a grain of sand is magnified what is seen is the unique quality and distinctiveness of one grain of sand from another. Imagine how amazing it is to realize grains of sand which look the same on the surface, are on further inspection, possessing a unique quality which provides the overall beauty and majesty of a beach.
Human beings are much like the sands of the seashore.
On face value, we all possess common physical qualities which distinguish us from other living beings. As we dig deeper we realize we possess distinctions on the basis of size, shape, color, and other physical features. Beneath these distinctions which we have admittedly throughout history had a hard time celebrating, there exist unique qualities which distinguish us from one another but have the capacities to remarkably serve one another.
We are unique as human beings because we possess an innate quality of remark- ability which influences our distinct skills, talents, and purposes. We are created in freedom. We yearn to answer life's most profound questions regarding our existence. These questions are wrestled with in the presence of other beautiful persons using this innate freedom to find those answers. We desire to find these answers and they are best discovered in the company of other unique persons.
In our participation and quest with others to understand our human experience, we slowly come to a realization, we are not all the same. Yes we are united by an ontological reality of personhood. Yes we are subsequently united by common languages, customs, and practices. Yet even the presence of sameness, we realize our interactions are precious because these are once in a lifetime moments. I would hope as you go throughout your day, the person you interact with for whatever purpose will never grace the universe again. Her experiences are profound. His reflections and decisions have shaped his life. They are unrepeatable persons present in our lives and it is our deepest desire such presence would contribute to our well-being.
So take a walk on the beach of life today. Smell the air. Feel the breeze. Pay attention to the sand between your toes. Pay attention to the unique character of each grain and realize these moments of human interaction are precious.