I was sitting on a white sand beach when I saw it.
“Paradise Patrol” the boat said in faint blue letters.
But like life’s moments, it was zooming by so fast…
A blink or brief preoccupation and I would have missed it…
this perfect, message-bearing sea-farer.
Who HAS this awesome job, I wondered?
And then it hit me
As I looked around me and saw men fiddling with their phones
wishing they could get reception…
And women, straightening out their beach cover-ups
wishing they hadn’t eaten that last bagel with cream cheese.
We all do.
We all have the job of being on our own personal paradise patrol
Wherever we are.
Because we are missing the moment
blinded by distraction
and made deaf by the noise in our head.
Even sometimes when the shining sun warms our shoulders
and the sea-glass colored water is sparkling in front of us.
So tell me, what have you been missing?
And how can you be on your own Paradise Patrol today?
What bliss can you find, in the way a warm cup of coffee feels in your hands
or in the way your child’s eyelash butterfly-kisses his cheek?
What oasis can you find tonight by sliding into your soft, clean-smelling sheets
and lying your head down to rest on your favorite “just right” pillow?
We are indeed the captains of our own boats
with the option to patrol our own lives for beauty
and what we focus on will determine
the direction and the quality of our travels.