These "captured moments" are some of my best photographs as a amateur photographer. Each of them spoke to me, created a memory, and taught a lesson. In sharing them, I hope you benefit from the lessons learned.
What is in this picture? You could say sand, bricks, storm damage, or many other things; however those are only partially right. The correct answer is this - these bricks are part of the original foundation for the Cape Hatteras lighthouse that were left behind when, in 1999, it was moved away from the sea.
So what? You see, the day I took this photo was THE ONLY day this foundational remnant was able to be seen. I returned 4 or 5 more instances, and at different times, but it was unable to be located - the tides buried it and who knows when it will re-emerge again. That experience left an impression on me (something we talk about but fail to implement regularly): the need to live in the moment. We are defined by our moments!
Honestly, pause and consider these 3 statements: Yesterday, we esteem too highly. Tomorrow, we fear too frequently. Today, we value too lightly. Right now, choose to make the most of each day! If you look ahead and miss today, it'll be just like these historical bricks in NC - here today and gone tomorrow.
Looking back on these photos and reflecting on the experience (along with a powerful statement by my father last week) taught me an important life lesson - your satisfaction during the struggle shows your strength. When you become comfortable as life is uncomfortable, you reveal an inner strength. Never forget that the things we most want to get rid of (frustration, discomfort, hard times) are the same ones that produce growth, maturity, and development.
The next time you face a tough time, remember that statement to embrace the storm, endure the struggle, and expand your soul.
So, what will happen to the Ocean Pursuit? It's unclear at this time; however, the National Park Service has indicated that they will dig it out (at some point) and send the bill to the owners. When we get buried due to our unintentional actions, we face the same prospect - intentionally digging out at a great cost. In summary, diligence prevents drift and "the bill coming due."