As smooth as a pebble


It was unusually warm in the UK last week – and for glorious moments I sat on a large piece of drift wood on a beach on the south coast.

I watched and listened to the waves break on the sea shore.

As I got up to walk back along the beach I started to look at the pebbles on the seashore. So many different kinds of pebbles: grey, white, brown – and all the shades of each colour and combinations of each colour.

I started to pick up pebbles. Each pebble was a different shape but the uniting feature was that they were either entirely smooth or in the process of being worn smooth.

The pebbles are worn smooth through the action of the waves: there is something lovely in holding them and feeling that smoothness. It is wave erosion and yet it is producing something lovely.

Could there be things that I think of as irritants or frustrations, things that I think are wearing me down like wave erosion on a pebble, that are actually shaping me – rounding me – for the better? Not an easy thought but one worth considering.

This is Mindful Monday on Monday 4 March 2019.

Join Julie Hill and Sara Shailer for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of growing in patience on Monday 25 March, 7.30-9 pm at the Oasis. It helps us to know how many are coming so book your place by emailing


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