What to do when even deer are not crossing at the beach?

A few benefits of social distancing

A few benefits of social distancing

Town of Highlands, New Jersey from Sandy Hook National Park beach

I woke up this morning without my normal 3-4 -hour daily commute to and from Brooklyn, New York.  While I live near Sandy Hook National Park, in New Jersey rarely do I take a drive in the morning because usually, I am bracing for city traffic and the day ahead.  I must say removing the commute and being left only with the work, energizes, motivates, and inspires in a way that is novel yet satisfying.  I don’t know how long this social distancing will last, but I am enjoying my morning teas interspersed with more thinking, reading, and writing time.  I find the time more productive.

I have a morning practice as do many.  However, this morning I included a drive on the beach – I don’t know why except I just felt an inner call to see nature.  Nature in its authentic setting was my reward.  Against the backdrop of an Atlantic Ocean sunrise, the waves were crashing heralding that it was unaware of the calamity in the world.  There were no other sounds.  There were no people — just the silence of environmental charm enveloping the sleeping town nearby.  I viewed a nearby signed which gave crossing privileges to deer — even they were absent from view.

Deer Crossing at Sandy Hook National Park Beach

I returned home to make tea, check my calendar for office duties, which now are all remote.  While it is difficult not to see many of my colleagues that I have come to enjoy on a daily basis, it is serene to reflect on the gift of the present moment and the time I have to re-configure, re-set and re-shape how I live my daily life.

Every Day is a New Beginning as I continue to listen from the inside out.

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