On The Rocks, With Oysters

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Oysters on rocks, Karaka Bay, NZ

Pacific oysters, both whole and broken, pale and with jagged edges, cling to tidal rocks.

Like barnacles and limpets, oysters signify tenacity to me; holding firm against the elements, whether submerged or exposed to the sun.

The reward of eating the delicious molluscs comes with hard work in opening them, and risk of being cut in the process.

I have a love/hate relationship with the creatures – I love the taste and will eat them every which way, but have had my feet painfully slashed by their shells on a number of occasions whilst swimming at my favourite local spots.

They are just difficult, I suppose, as their own survival and life is difficult.

Hmm, I can think of some people I know like that….

 

The Relentless vs The Sentinel

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What a match up! The Pacific Ocean against Sentinel Rock in Northland, New Zealand.

Continual surf crashes upon,and tidal motion swirls around and over, the rocks.

Pummeled.

24/7.

Every day and every night.

It’s epic, and relentless.

But still the Sentinel holds its ground, and stands guard.

Life is just as relentless as the ocean waves and tides.

It is hard to be rocklike in the face of attrition, I know. It’s easy to let your guard down when it feels there is no respite.

And there are times when I feel submerged but still manage to pull through,somehow.

And at those times I am grateful to people who are my “rocks”, shining concepts I cling to, and whatever higher power there is that guards me against destruction…

 

As You Get To It

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A beautiful scene on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

But fraught with obstacles – countless rocks, the incessant surf ,tidal rips and undulating topography.

Were you to venture to the headland in the distance, that would pretty much be your lot the entire way.

Challenging, yes?

Consider this,from American inventor Joy Mangano:

“Overcome obstacles  one at a time. Sometimes the end goal becomes too daunting, so take things one step at a time and overcome each one as you get to it.”

I recently watched the 2015 movie ‘Joy’,loosely based on her  life, as the protagonist battled continual setbacks and frustrations to market( of all freaking things) a revolutionary mop to the masses.

Certainly an eye opener on how to tackle obstacles. I winced every time things went pear-shaped, but she got what she wanted eventually.

Most worthwhile journeys we would probably never embark on if we could see at the outset all the barriers and pitfalls that we would encounter .

Joy’s simple mantra is the only realistic way to reach our dream destination.

Looking Over Achilles Point: A Simple Luxury

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Achilles Point is one of Auckland’s  many cool vantage points and one of the places I go just to look out over the rocks ,reefs ,waves ,islands,and the constantly changing horizon.

Beautiful.

Soulful.

A simple luxury ,if that is not a contradiction in terms.