30 April 2008

mesmerized by the magnanimity

Magnanimity - loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity

In a conference room somewhere in the lofty reaches of the above building in Corpus Christi this week, I was confronted with a view of the ocean that I had never really had. I, like most everyone, have stared out at the vastness of the sea and just been awestruck that something could be so big and powerful. But from hundreds of feet above the sea, it was different. It was still ridiculously large. Now, though, the ocean was calm. It was not only strong, but it was too strong to be bothered by the silly troubles we attempt to place upon it. It just rested there, supporting enormous vessels and tiny fishing boats with the same grace. Removed from the roar of the surf and the salty air that hangs on the shoreline, the ocean sat quietly fulfilling its role as it has for millions of years. It was beautiful and magnanimous.

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