Have you walked on a sandy beach and left your footprints in the sand. Have you noticed that when you stop and look back at those footprints they have been washed away by the incoming tide? The wave gently erases our past as you walk on the beach. Your footprints only last for a short while.
Life is much like your footprints. While those footprints may be visible for a short time eventually they are washed away. It is only where you stand that you let your presence be known. When you step away the footprints will be filled in by the rushing water.
When you watch the tide come in and wash your footprints away do you lament the fact that your presence has been washed out to the sea? Or do you look forward to the next step you will make. You will make a new impression on the sand and for a moment that will be your signature.
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide
And one does not discover their self without consenting to look beyond the present.