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Oasis of the Mind

This is another image from Egmont Key near Tampa. I like to describe it as a deserted island because that's what it is. You can take a ferry here but there are only two scheduled trips a day. Once you get here there are no concessions, only a lighthouse, a dock, and miles of empty beaches. I walked the whole length of it a few weeks ago and it was, I must admit, a little therapeutic.

Switching gears for a second, last night I watched a show on cable about people that move to Alaska. It basically followed them as they hunted for a house and during that they would describe why they wanted to re-locate. Invariably people wanted to get back to a simpler way of life.

I think there's something to that, as we live complicated lives we foster a desire to return to something more meaningful. For me that means walking a deserted beach once in a while with nothing but the sound of the wind, the waves and the gulls to contend with.

I think peace is a state of mind. Maybe the trick is to find that deserted beach in my mind and go there for a few minutes each day. I'd also like to go to Alaska or a deserted island but sometimes the oasis in my mind might be a little more accessible.

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