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Grains of Sand…Hourglass…Our Life

At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to write about sand. What about sand? Well, I decided to search the internet for some quotes that had a sand theme. Below are 4 of my favourites. They are from the website Think Exist and they carry some good meaning. Basically for me, sand is a substance that can create so much, can destroy so much and can nurture so much. It can be used in a variety of processes, such as glass making, sand castle building, fields (sport) development and art.

In any case, I wanted to speak directly to the following quotes. They touched me in different ways and hopefully you too will find special meaning in them.

“Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble”

Basically when something bad happens we cannot dwell on it. Know that it happened for a reason but also know that in getting through the experience we will be stronger for it and will eventually move past it. But, when something good happens to you, it’s great to remember that experience and cherish it and live your life to have more of those. I know from experience that when something bad happens it hurts and it’s not easy to get through. But when you find something good, it will make you so happy that you’ve gone through all of those bad things.

“Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers”

There is no rush to do anything or get anything done in life. Rather, there shouldn’t be. Everything we choose to do is just that – a choice. It’s something that we have conscious control over and if we choose those things that make us happy, why try and rush through it? Why not take the time to enjoy it and savour every moment? The next time you’re doing something you’re not particularly happy doing, think to yourself: do I really have to do this? What happens if I don’t? Is there something I could be doing instead? What good can I get from this?

“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.”

This one I’ve struggled to grasp. I do believe in love at first sight. But so far all of my relationships that have been built on this haven’t been forever. I also believe that sometimes you meet people that are destined to only be friends. And that’s great. But I absolutely agree with this quote. I think that while it’s great to be with someone from the word ‘go’, a friendship is absolutely imperative and so as long as that is developed then the relationship will be strong and will last. I also think that the person that you want to be with should be one of your best friends for sure. We all would like to find that; hopefully we all can.

“An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster”

We cannot be afraid to fail. We cannot not try something for fear of failing. We can’t be afraid to love someone for fear of being heart broken. In the face of failure comes the opportunity for amazing successes. And we will only find those successes if we put out whole heart and soul into everything that we do. ‘We cannot steal second base while keeping one foot on first.’

It’s quite amazing how everyday concrete objects can hold so much meaning. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above quotes, or hear some of your favourites; relating to sand or otherwise.

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