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The following is an excerpt from the book ‘Finding Hope in the Olde Fishing Village’ by Abigail Sands.
“Celia leaned against the wooden railing trying to absorb the amazing site before her as the sun set over the Sound. Silently, she asked, “God what do you want to say to me today?” A lone blue heron waded into the shallows before her. A little sadness penetrated her soul in seeing the great bird’s aloneness. As she pondered what lay before her, Celia realized she was attributing to the lone wading bird the loneliness that was actually her own. Grandma Abigail’s words to her from earlier in the day replayed in her thoughts, ‘Celia, you need to stop spending so much time alone, that leads to a person becoming self absorbed and that’s detrimental. You know I care about you and you asked for my advice so I’m giving it. I want you to reach out to other ladies in the village, interact, make new friends.’ Celia knew it was true but the idea of trying to make new friends was daunting. ‘Alright, blue heron, thanks for the reminder. I’m going to try, that’s the best I can promise right now. If I see you again, I’ll let you know if I’m making progress.’ As the sun dropped below the horizon, Celia turned her steps towards the inn. Maybe tomorrow she’d be able to keep that promise.”
From the book ‘Finding Hope in the Olde Fishing Village’ by Abigail Sands.