The Tides of Life

–Inspirations, Thoughts, and Wisdom

As I walked along the dirt road, I could not help but marvel at the Spanish moss hanging off the oaks and their branches that reached across the roads. They formed a canopy that shaded and cooled the road and added a beauty that engrains into your mind forever. I made my way down towards the water’s edge of the marshes. The tide was in between low and high and the marsh grasses swayed in the winds. The great blue heron and white egrets stalked along the water’s edge searching for the next meal as the redfish feasted on crustaceans with their tails sticking out of the water.  The seagulls soared overhead against the blue sky and the white wispy clouds danced about forming shapes of animals and people.  The canals meandered through the marsh, like roads that led through the countryside, taking you on a journey through time.

I sat by the water’s edge for hours and imagined gliding my kayak through the marsh, fly fishing for redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Taking in all that nature had to offer and immersing myself in the beauty of it all. Smelling the salt air, feeling the breeze against my face while the gulls called out to one another, and feeling a calm that filled my soul. The problems of the world no longer existed and the worries left as quickly as the tide does on its way out.

I walked away from the marsh and started back up the dirt road, thinking how lucky I was to be able to enjoy all that it had to offer.  To see the beauty of life unfold before my eyes.

Points to Ponder:

The dirt roads of our lives and minds, lead us to places that the troubles of the world cannot compete with. In the middle of constant changes and chaos, there is always a road that will lead you to a place that comforts the soul. A place where we can forget the storms in our lives and immerse ourselves in a moment of peace and tranquility. A place where your troubles float way in the tides of life.


Charlie Walker
Charlie Walker
At a young age, I worked as a structural steel welder walking red iron. Later I moved into the Telecom, Technology, and Physical Security Industry for the last 35 years as a Sr. Design Engineer, Network Engineer, Director, Operations Manager, and Technical Writer. My desires have always been with electronics, designing, CAD Drawings, and Technical writing. My true passion is the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, photographing nature, and sharing it with others. I am an avid outdoorsman, fly fishing guide, with a deep passion to write about my adventures. I enjoy writing inspirational quotes, articles on the history of creeks I fish, fly fishing conservation, and short stories along with a bit of poetry. As a child, I listened to old men in the General Stores telling stories of the past and their adventures. Some were real and some were as real as the imagination in their minds. Each day, I would run up there to listen to one of their adventures and would sit on the edge of my seat as if I were there, yearning for more. These growing up years led me to my own storytelling and eventually writing about my own adventures. Taking people to places and having them visualize things that they may have never seen. Telling tales that take them back to their own youth and adventures. Bringing stories that will warm the heart, educate them on the history of an area and bring a positive attitude to their lives. My desire as a writer is to open the minds of others that will enjoy the stories that are only limited by my imagination, but will bring a bit of peace, comfort, and harmony to the world. To leave them hanging on the edge and waiting for that next adventure, positive attitude, or story to warm the heart.

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