Back to the Beach 1987 to Today

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It was Christmas 1987 and a family tradition was all of us going to the movies together. My Mom and dad were still alive and we loaded up to go the multiplex. The shows looked terrible that year so on a lark we went to see Back to the Beach. I grew up on the beach movies of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello but of course our expectations were low. It became for us a guilty pleasure and to see my Mom laugh who was not given to much laughter was a memory I will always cherish. The bottom line review, lots of cameos from the 1950's folks and a total hoot with no redeeming social value. Something we should all cherish in the current coarsening narrative.

But more to the point I really went back to the beach last week to our second home in Jupiter Florida. We plan to spend at least 4 months there this year and I feel sad a bit when I have to go back to Oklahoma City but business is thriving and that is a good thing. Despite the tropical storm rain that came through we only lost two mornings walking by the ocean. It would be difficult to describe the peace I feel listening to the waves, the beauty of the color, and the light coming through the clouds. Carlos Castenada in Conversation with Don Juan talked about Don Juan saying we all need a place of power and this is mine. it is where I feel whole and at peace wit a world growing more difficult by the day.

What struck me this last week was my thoughts about the oneness of the planet. I am not a religious person but feel spiritual. I don't believe in a soul because that would for me to be a selfish conceit that separates me from all things animate and inanimate. An Ancient Greek philosopher once thought if existence as one big unified egg, and that is how I feel walking the beach. I want to feel one with nature, I don't want to feel that just because I am human that i am somehow superior to all other things. I am not asking you to agree with me, more I want to share the thoughts I have.

We live in a country that for now seems to emphasize what is right about ne thing and wrong about the other. We defend what seems familiar but at times curse what is not. In the grans scheme of things our lifetime is like a nanosecond in the world's history. For myself I will go back to the beach, feel more unity than divisiveness, focus on the sand, ocean, and air, and take my steps like Frankie and Annette and for that brief time, not dwell on problems, and then smile with no socially redeeming quality.


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your words in this post resonate with me, Joe.  I have always enjoyed a good beach for its restorative qualities.  

May 31, 2018 05:17 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- even the storms allowed us some time in the mornings to take our beach walks. And I'm with you, I get my energy from the sand and the ocean. Just breathing in the air calms me. 

May 31, 2018 07:32 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

There is something spiritual and awe-inspiring about being at the beach. Maybe it the size of the ocean or the power of the waves. It is a rejuvenating experience and everyone should give it a try.

May 31, 2018 08:02 PM #3
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

The beach is bringing its calm and zen through your post Joe Pryor 

May 31, 2018 08:24 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

We went to Sanibel Island this past February.  My wife has planned a trip to Key West for next February for our 51st anniversary.  It's going to be great.

Jun 01, 2018 02:11 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Joe, for sharing some of your thoughts.

Dolores and I lived on the oceanfront for 18 years and I really miss those walks that I took every morning to watch the sun rise.

Jun 01, 2018 06:19 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Imagine that....

not wanting us to agree but only understand how you feel.

If only we could see more of that today. I'm so tired of everyone jumping on everyone for every little thing they disagree with, like it's the end of the world.

LOVED this post, Joe!

Jun 01, 2018 07:57 AM #7
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Joe, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and view of life here on our planet. We all need a place to go to feel grounded, at one with it all and to recharge. If one does not have such a place the craziness of human behavior can eat you up. For me it is the mountains, trees, rocks and streams, but I would settle for the ocean as well.

Great memory you have with your family.

Jun 01, 2018 08:58 AM #8
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

When I'm confronted with something big, like the ocean it reminds me of how small I am, how simple life can be.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

Jun 01, 2018 09:13 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I am so glad you found your happy and tranquil place: some never do.

Jun 01, 2018 09:33 AM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is what I feel when I go to Hawaii. What Hawaiians call a connection with the aina. The land. One with nature. Ocean, sand, sealife, Pacific breezes, it's definitely a way to live within the aloha frame of mind.

Jun 03, 2018 10:04 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Joe - I hope we get a chance to meetup in person.  We have a second home in Port St. Lucie.

Jun 04, 2018 12:04 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

1987! Not a bad run at all! That’s excellent and many more years to come hopefully!

Jun 04, 2018 08:39 PM #13
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