Beach Notes by Guest Writer Suzie Cheel
Why I Love Where I Live
Do you love where you live? I know I do and on my return from a week in Vancouver I have found myself feeling so much gratitude for and about where I live.
Vancouver often dubbed as one of the most livable cities in the world along with Melbourne. Yes both cities do have great transport systems, great food and other qualities that are used by Mercer each year to establish these ratings. I found the people in Vancouver very friendly, the food superb, the public transport excellent and the shopping great. I got a glimpse of the cultural life: there seems to be a diverse range of art centers and galleries. One aspect that seems to have not been taken into account enough is the weather (ditto for Melbourne). Where I live it does rain, but the sun does shine.
I mentioned to Glenda I was bringing boots, "not in June" she replied. They were my most worn footwear.The summer temperature even today in Vancouver is lower than here on The Gold Coast in our winter and the sun is shining here.
We all have different values about what is important about where we live. Blue skies, clean air, watching the sunrise and set, something I have done since my return. I feel very blessed each morning to walk barefoot on clean sand, enjoy the sun on my face, swimming in clear blue water, for me it is magic. We moved here 4 years ago from the big bustling city of Sydney and it is something I have never regretted. After my recent trip know feel even more blessed to live in what I do call paradise. This afternoon we are going to a Gallery about 20 minutes drive from here that is set in the hinterland. We have access to such a variety of Nature’s beauty and at the same time, live 10 minutes from International airport and just over an hour’s drive to the city of Brisbane.
I went walking on the beach the afternoon I came home, to get grounded and saw a beautiful setting sun.
The magic and the beauty of the sea
The waves roll in
The rays of the sun touch my heart
I feel so blessed to be sitting here barefooted
My heart full of love and feeling so peaceful.
The mind slightly spaced out
So much new information to integrate
The gift has been given
Now it is time to pass it on. June 11 2008
Do you love where you live? Share your why’s below.