It has been raining in Kochi continuously and traveling has become very difficult. I have been restricting my movement as far as possible, except for business purposes, in order to avoid getting wet. Today afternoon there was a some sunlight and I thought that it will be a good idea to go to the beach to watch the rolling waves, breathe in the salty fresh air, walk along the water soaked beach and perhaps leave my foot prints on the sand.(Please click on the photos for a large lovely view.)
As I reached the beach, I could hear the barking sound of dogs and then I saw some dogs running on the beach with gay abandon, chasing each other, rolling on the sand and dashing towards the waves to retrieve the coconut husk which the owner was playfully throwing into the sea. The people were standing in awed silence and respectfully watching the dogs monopolizing the beach.
The dogs were having fun. They were enjoying themselves. They did not even notice the people standing there. They were completely absorbed in their game, showmanship, running skills, barking abitlity( it sounded like laughter to me). They were living in the present. They did not regret the past or worry about the future.
I thought about my self. Can I enjoy anything without a feeling of guilt? What about the blunders I committed in the past? What will be my future? How can I earn more money than my neighbor? How can I dictate terms to people? How can I insult people? How can I forgive that man for misbehaving with me? How can I show off? So many, many thoughts came to my mind. In the process I forgot to fill my lungs with fresh air, I forgot to walk on the beach and I didn’t even notice the lovely rolling waves.Oh,what about my foot print:):):)