Opinion


Serendipity in paradise




Beyond Brushstrokes
Marivic Rufino

Posted on January 07, 2013


“HAVE PATIENCE with everything unresolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves...
Don’t search for the answers,
Which could not be given to you now,
Because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
You will gradually, even without noticing it,
Live your way to the answer.”


-- “Live your way,” Rainer Maria Rilke

Rediscovering a tropical paradise island is an adventure. One steps into a dramatic dynamic Turner painting of sea and sky. It has been a decades since the first visit. It was rustic, isolated and so beautiful then.

The scenic coastline is still lush with towering coconuts trees. The ancient banyan trees and forest foliage have grown dense. Palm and coconut tree fronds sway in rhythm with the rolling waves. The cream colored beach is fringed with a scalloped lace veil for miles on end.

In the isolated parts of the island, the wet sand is like a mirror reflecting the dawn sky’s pastel pink, lilac and pale blue. Seemingly untouched by humans.

The weather is capricious in late December. Sometimes, it is rainy and windy and chilly. Towering cumulus slate grey clouds hide the once brilliant sun.

The ebb tide leaves ribbed patterns, shells and stones, tangled strands of seaweed. The waves roll with whitecaps.

On a mystical morning, at the beginning of a new cosmic cycle, the seascape is perfect. At sunrise, the sky clears up with only drifting puffs of clouds. The seagulls soar over the jewel colored sea with bands of turquoise, aquamarine, sapphire and ultramarine. It is an ideal dreamscape.

A horse prances on the shore, gingerly stepping into the water. Then it breaks into an exciting gallop on the sand. There is nothing more pleasurable than riding the wind with the refreshing spray and splash of sea. Being one with nature is, in almost every sense, like heaven on earth. A dip -- after the horse ride -- is totally invigorating.

In the late afternoon, a few close friends gather near the shore to toast and salute the end of an era and the beginning of a new life. The colorful blossoms on the bushes are fragrant and butterflies gaily flutter.

In the nearby forest, rare fireflies flutter like fairy lights on a tree. A passing shower is a Divine blessing.

At sunset, the sky and sea merge into a breathtaking tableau of startling, heart-melting colors. The golden sun glows through a veil of clouds like an antique gold medallion against a backdrop of pale peach, magenta, blue violet and silver gray. Its rays spread into the sky before it sinks into the horizon. The afterglow is marvelous.

At twilight, votive candles flicker along a lotus pool lined with icons and objets d’art inspired by earth gods. It takes a creative spirit and love of sculpture to create a single masterpiece. The individual art pieces have distinct qualities that merit appreciation.

Is it kismet that determines how people meet and connect and vibrate on a different dimension? Why do events happen on a particular day? It must be the right time and at the right place.

There are endless questions to ponder at leisure -- while floating on a magic carpet of dreams atop rainbows and stardust. The rhythmic sound of lapping waves is a soothing lullaby. Neverland and paradise.

One sees a shooting star, a falling meteor, a sign. The world-weary spirit is revived and revitalized by a serendipitous moment of serenity and synchronicity.

Happy New Year!