What is it about the sea?
We tend to associate the sea with feelings of calm and relaxation. Yet, the sea is often anything but calm, the velocity and force of the sea is often fierce. It is thought that the rhymical sound of the sea promotes a feeling of wellbeing. Psychologists say it reminds us of the oceanic quality of the womb.
What we do know is that the spatial hugeness of the ocean puts matters in perspective. Try going for a walk when the wild thrift is in bloom or the fulmars are nesting. It is impossible to remain sad. The sea and its environs engender an awareness of something bigger than the self.
Is it perhaps in those rhythmic sounds and sight of the sea – things are put in perspective? Is it that our troubles are small in the real scheme of things?
Perhaps it is a fleeting awareness that our troubles are actually very short lived, that we are here only briefly, while the magnificence of the sea and nature is infinite. Simply, perhaps, the sea allows us to slow down, breathe deeply and realise our very small place in the scheme of things.
Its lovely to see that the residents in one small village in Co Waterford are well aware of these things. Bursting with initiative, the Dunmore East community comes together on a Monday evening holding a community walk. Maybe that’s the reason why the residents are always smiling.