In November, I spent some time in California. It was mainly for my grandmother’s funeral, but I was blessed to be able to spend time with family and create wonderful memories. My most favorite was spending time with my brother and sister-in-law on the Morro Bay beach taking pictures. I was able to capture some amazing scenes: surfers, turf war with birds, shells, etc. With all the beauty surrounding this mid-west girl, what stood out to me the most was when my sister-in-law introduced me to sea glass.
It’s my understanding that there is glass that the ocean waves have rolled over and over on sand and corral until it’s perfectly smooth. Finding round one’s was hard, but when you did find them, they were like flawless marbles. The rocks rolled between the waves and sand were also perfectly smooth. It’s an inspiring result from friction time and time again.
This got me thinking…
I don’t mind confrontation but I do not like friction. It’s the constant rubbing the wrong way. We all know people like that and for some reason they like to congregate online too…HA! But if reasonable conversations and “friendly fire” produce learning results, then maybe we shouldn’t shy away from it all the time.
Now, I’m not talking about the sad saps that only produce negative vibes. You know how I feel about them. But if we embrace a little friction along the way, don’t we just better ourselves and create a more smooth, rounded person? Maybe the next time a friend gently challenges your motives or your thoughts, you could listen and let the friction buffer out the impurities and create something so much more beautiful.
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