This Is Your Quest - Author Joanne Reed

Life is a beach

Here comes the summer, which is often associated with trips to the beach, splashing around in the ocean, or lazing around perfecting your tan. I love the beach and being born and raised on an Island (Reunion) was very fortunate because the beach is never far away. Life is a beach. You should make the most of it.

Did you know that the beach used to be a treatment prescribed by doctors? Sea-bathing as a form of therapy was invented by the British, the same nation that gave the world the steam engine and the Industrial Revolution. The beach became a popular destination during Britain’s Industrial Revolution mostly because doctors were prescribing it. The British doctors’ orders were to go to the beach to breathe in the fresh air, soak up vitamin D, de-stress, exercise, and boost your immune system.

It’s widely believed that spending just an hour outside on a sunny day can supply a human with their daily dose of Vitamin D, which is credited with helping people get stronger bones, healthier teeth, helping your immune system function properly, and walking barefoot at the beach can help you save a few bucks on pedicure treatment. Sand is a natural exfoliant and will help you shed dead skin.

Research finds that spending time by the ocean makes you feel all Zen and meditative. The color blue has been found to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative and creative state.

“B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.”


In addition to all the health benefits, you can learn a few things or two if you take some advice from the beach, the ocean, or marvel at the sunset over the horizon.

Life is a beach, make the most of it

Life is a beach. I bumped into Princess Arielle/Little Mermaid. Photo taken by Joanne Reed featuring Alize Reed. Boucan Cannot. Reunion Island

The beach is that place where you feel the warmth of the sun, the soft white sand, the ripples of water, as the waves crash to the shore, then pull away again for another encore. That place where you can smell the salty ocean air mixed with suntan lotion.

Advice from the beach

Life is a beach. Have a Blue State of Mind. Photo taken by Alize Reed. Boucan Cannot. Reunion Island

Wallace J, Nicholas a marine biologist and author of the book “The Blue Mind” believes that we all have a special connection to the color blue. It turns out that the blue color symbolizes serenity, stability, inspiration, wisdom, and health. The blue color represents the soothing effect of nature on the human mind.

When we spend time on our vacation at the beach or by the lakeside, we look for a sense of calm and clarity from these water sources. But what if you don’t have the opportunity to go to the beach or to a lake? I suggest that you head to the bathroom and have a long shower. Have you ever wondered why the best ideas always seem to strive your mind when you are taking a shower?

The relaxing solitary environment in your shower allows the brain to wander freely, you are more open to new ideas and can feel the creative spark. It’s a place where people can be unburdened (if only for a few minutes) by outside distraction, a place where you are not trying to accomplish anything. This allows our brain to shut down, which allows another part of our brain to light up.

Soak up the sun. Sea the best in others. Take time to play. Navigate life’s shifting sands. Don’t be gull-ible. Roll with the waves. Breeze through each day! Ilan Shamir

Ilan Shamir

Advice from the Ocean

Life is a beach. Advice from the Ocean. Make waves! Photo taken by Joanne Reed featuring Alize Reed. Boucan Cannot. Reunion Island

The ocean is ever-changing and constant at the same time, rhythmic, random, and unpredictable. One should never take the ocean for granted, it can go from calm and inviting to menacing and dangerous, and if you pay attention, you can learn some valuable life lessons from the ocean.

Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to relax and coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get tide down. Make waves!

Ilan Shamir

Advice from the sunset

You cannot talk about the beach and the ocean without mentioning the sunset. At the end of each day, you should let your worries drift away. Sea life’s beauty. Adopt to changes tides. Harbor strength and perseverance no matter what.

Show your true colors. Take time to reflect. End Each Day with beauty. Make a dramatic exit. Stop and be present. Keep your inner fire burning. Be amazing!

Ilan Shamir

Life is a bitch, a helpful lesson from the oyster

Life is a beach. Don’t get tide down. Photo taken by Joanne Reed featuring Alize reed. Boucan Cannot. Reunion Island

Pearls are the result of a biological process, i.e. the oyster’s way of protecting itself from foreign substances. The formation of natural pearls begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantel and the shell which irritates the mantle. The oyster’s natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. The mantle covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell which eventually forms the pearl.

Sometimes, life can be a bitch. The lessons we can learn from the oyster is that when external factors enter and disrupt your life; the normal reaction would be to try to get rid of this external element in order to get back to your usual state; but once you realize that there is nothing you can do to get rid of it, the best thing to do is to settle down and go with the flow; and before you realize it this process could lead you to produce the most priceless and beautiful thing in the world.

Excellence takes time. Achievement takes patience. It is a pursuit that must be tenacious. When external events cause a disruption in your life and once you realize that there is nothing you can do to eliminate these events; think of this irritation, not with fear and anxiety, but as a pearl in the making.

And this, my dear companion, is your Quest.

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  1. Gorgeous on so many levels, Thank you for posting!!!!! I wouldn’t mind if you reposted this in 5 segments so I could just ocean-bask in each one separately. It’s a lot to take in at once.

  2. God is in everyone and everything, after the winter comes the spring ,
    The bells of joy  start to ring ,
    Rebirth of livelihood is a wonderful  thing ,

      The divine is here , there and everywhere,
    For all of us , God would care ,
    Dare to believe that life is fair ,

    In the darkness of the night,
    Stars could be shining bright,
    The moonlight shows  up on sight ,
    Being from the divine light ,
    Things are marvelous  and white,
    With God , by your side , nothing to fear and nothing to fright,
    Gather in love and with the almighty God unite ,
    Our powers we gather and
    May almighty God ,  the warm flames of justice and love in the world ignite

  3. Dear Joanne:

    What a lovely epistle to the joys and benefits of time spent on the beach. We are, all of us, creatures of the sea who managed to evolve over time into tree-dwelling, then savannah-roaming bipeds. But somehow the waters of the world call out to us, to return, to linger, to let our senses share the rhythms of the waves.

    Your latest reminds me of the opening lines of my book, “Only in the Philippines”:

    “Nothing is as restless as the sea…..”

    And I thank you, once again, for your writing.

    1. Thank you Steve for stopping and for taking the time to comment. “Nothing is as restless as the sea…’ so true! Thanks for sharing this powerful and insightful quote.

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