There are days when I walk on the beach and greet everyone I pass with a smile, a nod, and a brief “Hello!”, Other days, like today, I feel cocooned in my own thoughts, almost oblivious of others as they pass me. Like the sea itself, our energies and thoughts sometimes ebb and flow, focused inward or outward, depending on the day’s needs. I ask you, dear Father, to make both perspectives profitable. May I have quiet time when I can turn my thoughts inward to touch your face and feel close to the Christ who lives within me. But may I never lose balance—may I also remember to turn my energies outward, reaching for the Christ who resides in others. Help me, like the sea itself, to maintain a measured balance.