As I sit here in an undisclosed location at the home of a Washington political operative, I wonder what’s happening outside of the beltway. Without much effort, my mind wanders to the tranquil waters of the Florida Keys.
What interests me most about the Keys is the easygoing lifestyle with no adherence to an agenda other than enjoying life on the sea and seeing life enjoyed.
The stark contrast between life in the Keys and life on the mainland is evidenced by quiet calm of the pelicans and seagulls floating over the ocean as opposed to the frenetic pace of the vultures of civilization.
While sailing through the Keys, one is instantly in touch with the interconnectedness of the universal truth that we are all part of the same planet and intertwined in ways we can’t even see.
It’s been said, “We are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate ourself. Everything we have and everything we enjoy, including our very life, is due to the kindness of others. In fact, every happiness there is in the world arises as a result of others’ kindness.” [Geshe Kelsang Gyatso].
There is a certain kindness that is almost tangible as one witnesses the beauty of nature and the fluid calm of the ocean and its inhabitants. Silently sailing through the mangroves and around the Gulf, one’s mind wanders through the present moment to the recognition of ourself in a conch shell or blue heron or the sparkle of the chrome railing on the sailboat.
Suddenly, the circle of the beltway takes on new meaning.