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Crash

Updated on April 12, 2009

Crash

Original art by Sharrie69
Original art by Sharrie69

Crash - On ways life can change in a blink...

Originally, when I loaded this piece of artwork earlier this evening, I was going to do a hub on our day out on the sea and treat you my dear Hubbites to some more photos of our lovely island. As life would have it, I had to deal with some stinky wet towels and soggy sandwiches and wash the sea out of my hair before I could settle down to any serious writing, so I saved the painting 'Crash' into draft and went about life as usual.

On returning to my laptop a couple hours later and logging into Facebook I was stunned to find that the wife of one of my dear cyberfriends had been in a serious accident and found out that my new hub friend Teresa had had an unlucky break of her own. Which brings me back to the title of this hub...Crash.

Our lives can change in the blink of an eye, in the crash of a wave on the shore. Our fragile little worlds can fold in upon us without the slightest bit of warning. A slip and a fall, a drunk driver running a red light, an earthquake that strikes when we are asleep. We have no way of knowing what fate lurks just around the corner or will sidle up to us from behind with a cheeky 'hullo' and a grin. Our world comes crashing down around us.

Atoms crash randomly in space, hearts sometimes crash to the floor, planes crash into buildings, reality crashes down on us. And most times we are left unprepared and dazed with the sound of thunder still ringing in our ears.

But like waves that crash upon the shore, slowly beating the stones of time and pounding and powdering and refining into pure white sand, so do our experiences pound and polish us into who we are and who we shall become. The wave grows larger and larger and larger and crashes down upon our backs in a wall of chaos and spume until we are flattened and thrown breathless and battered and half alive upon the shore. Gasping, clutching, praying for release. We can't take, it we can't take it, we can't take it...please, please, please God let this end.....let the noise stop, let the pounding stop, release me from this hell of water and fury. Crash, crash, crash you puny mortal...did you ever think you were in control?

But we are.

We control what we become.

We can choose to let the waves of shock and surprise pound us into nothingness and defeat

or we can chose to be polished and powdered till we shine in the sun like wet coral on the beach...

we can take our shocks and disappointments and hurts and live through them and let them refine us into something more...

A sea change. A shift in light. A new appreciation of our fragility and a determination to live life to the full in the best way we know how. To rise with the wave when it pulls us back from the shore and ride the crest instead of getting sucked down into the churning tides.

Crashing through the barriers of our fear and despair to see the light shining around us..in the faces of the people we love and in the brilliance of our resilient spirit.

Crash....let the moment change you....

Crash....let the waves soothe you....

Crash.....let the moment show you your strength and the blessings in you darkest hour...

I wish Teresa a speedy recovery and am relieved to say that, even though my friend's wife's injuries were pretty bad, she will be OK after some rest and loving care.

Let these two crashes remind us of how precious life and all we hold dear is.

A day on the sea and I float

with my toes to the sky

gazing up at the heavens

and letting the waves of bliss and forgetfulness wash over me

I don't fear the waves

My eyes are so fixed on the heavens

So immersed in my worldly cares

That I don't hear them coming

The dolphins laugh at me

And continue their play, far below the crashing waves

Silly human, she does not know how to dive and escape the danger...

She will tumble onto the shore

While we will ride the currents...

We know the ways of the sea

And the secrets of the waves.

I float blissfully and let the soothing water wash over me

and take away my cares...

Never thinking once about the power it has to crush

and change my fragile life

I listen to the dolphins laugh

and close my eyes and smile..............

 

Down the Islands Today...Trinidad...

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      The word crash could mean many things literally and figuratively and you have captured both well. Crash, i think, echoes thoughts of randomness, otherwise there would be ways to avoid it. And if there are such ways, it would not be the life we are born to live. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking hub :D

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      I'm blushing. Thank you.

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      mdawson17 8 years ago

      WOW!!! This was awesome work!!!!!! I loved it!! I cannot put to words what I thought of it!!

      This one has truly left me speechless!!

      mdawson17

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Thanks for the link..signing up now...Gawd..one more online thing for me to get hooked on! I'm Islandgirl9 there.

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Ahh, you know, I had the name wrong. Here it is:

      http://www.deviantart.com/

      Sweet dreams. :)

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      can you send the link to that darkarts site? Did a google and tons of differnt ones are coming up..not sure where to go. Have read more than one of your hubs and will be back to read more..getting late here though so see you guys tomorrow! (or should I say later today!)

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      No problem, I think it will do well there. And thank you for looking at one of my articles at least...I understand I can come across as an arsehole sometimes, but honestly, I'm quite the peaceful person. :)

      Write me more Hubs, please.

      Sincerely,

      G|M

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Haven't heard of it..I'll check it out, thanks

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Also, I forgot to mention how awesome ALL of your paintings seem to be.

      Ever posted stuff to darkarts? I think you'd find not only an auidence there, but a way to profit too!

      G|M

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      And I haven't even started writing the funny stuff yet! Thanks Tom :-) You made me smile too!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Smile....you make me smile....thanks! :)

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Thank you! Reading some of your stuff now.

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Yep, like many have said, not only can you make wonderful artwork...your words speak volumes.

      "Atoms crash randomly in space, hearts sometimes crash to the floor, planes crash into buildings, reality crashes down on us."

      Freaking. Beautiful.

      Sincerely,

      G|M

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful artwork, beautiful photo, and beautiful use of words! I love the line "or we can chose to be polished and powdered till we shine". Your writing is fabulous and your imagery is delightful!

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Hi Sharrie. This a true and moving hub. Bad things happen suddenly. So we need to appreciate one another. I hope that in your hour of need that you do have someone you can trust and who can help you when you need it.

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      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you for the insightful metaphor to life. Shall I float or dive in the midst of this storm... decisions, decisions. Timely for me Sharrie, thanks.

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      Florida Keys 8 years ago from Jewfish Key Florida

      sharrie...I'm a sailor and we have a saying in our house...."Out on the water it can go from sugar to shit in seconds" Seen it happen too many times.

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Get well soon Teresa...see the typing is improving already! :-) Neither sleet, nor snow, nor broken bones can keep us from our Hubbing. Hope you're feeling better.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Love the artwork and message -- my random crash brought me the love and care of friends and family -- I feel blessed, indeed. I agree with Tom -- postcards from heaven. Thank you!

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      Felix J Hernandez 8 years ago from All over the USA

      Beautiful pics

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      One of my favourite saying is "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain"...have a wonderful day and don't forget to do a little rain dance!

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      lceel 8 years ago

      Oh, to be down the islands, again.

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Ahh Sharrrie, you are like a breath of fresh spring air. Lovely painting and poem too. So much sound advice from one so young. Teresa will enjoy this too. I have experienced many crashes myself and am reminded evryday to mkae the best of them. I have learned to bend somewhat with those forces and learn from them. I like to think it has made me a better man. All must go through the storms of life, some sucumb to them. thanks dear

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      So nicely written. Beautiful!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Your words.......your painting. This is a "keeper!"

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      That was beautiful Sharrie...and so is your painting! :)

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      awwww now I am blushing...wait..that's my sunburn :-) Thanks Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      These hubs are like postcards from heaven.

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      sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Tempus fugit....got to enjoy the good stuff while we still can..."sieze the day" because time flees.

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      Your beautiful words and that which they imply, are a gentile reminder and certainly inspiring. Carpe Diem.