This morning over a coffee and breakfast at my favourite beach, I witnessed something incredibly beautiful.
I watched a middle-aged couple walk up the beach together, stop and pickup their towels, and then dry each other.
It was the most subtle, gentle and romantic public display of intimacy I think I’ve ever seen.
Never mind the fact that it was morning, on a stunning beach, with the sun shining warmly across the beach on long, raking stripes.
Never mind the fact that I had the bitter, delicious aroma of a double-latte lingering in my nose.
Never mind the fact that it was one of those mornings with just enough light breeze to delicately brush away the sun’s heat.
Never mind all that amazing stuff which immediately made the day so much more beautiful than it otherwise would have been.
Here, in front of me, was a couple so secure in their love, and so dedicated to each other, that I found it at once miraculous and simply breathtaking.
Patience, and a few other lessons:
Each person stood patiently while the other tenderly dried away the kiss of the ocean. They each waited calmly, fully trusting in the other to be respectful, mild and appropriate in such a public setting.
The care, and the service they each demonstrated made a huge impact in me.
It taught me a few things.
There’s always time to be sensitive and intimate with the one you love.
This couple showed how, after the simple morning ritual of a swim at the beach, they had made time and found an opportunity to share a deeply intimate moment with each other.
Being of service is the ultimate expression of who we are and what we bring to the world.
By putting the other person first, and serving their needs fully and with a recklessly loving abandon, they showed anyone who cared to watch (i.e. me) who they were for each other, and that they were strong enough in their relationship to declare and display it in public.
By expressing ourselves through pure moments of love and service, we have an impact on others far beyond our wildest imaginings.
I am CERTAIN this couple had no idea the impact they would bring to my simple breakfast at the beach. I am also certain that without their open expression of love and service to each other, my morning would have been less special and less inspiring.
This post is a direct result of their actions. Who knows how many other people have been moved by this same event?
Over to you.
When did you last openly show your love for another person in public?
When did you last demonstrate such intimacy as an expression of your devotion to your partner?
What will you take away from reading this article, and how will you bravely let it change how you express love in your life?
I’d love to hear. Leave me a comment below.
As always, and publicly, with love,