Watch Your Step


Noun. A barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.


Arianna and I recently went to Misibis Bay for a short mini honeymoon after we had a renewal of vows. It was a wonderful weekend, spent with two dear friends Sasha and Chico, who are the managers of the resort.

The resort has a beach protected by a man made breakwater, which you could sometimes see the waves crashing against if the wave was big enough. And I thought to myself, “the view from there must be amazing!”. I asked Sasha if people could walk on it and she said yes but it is rocky.

On our last day at the resort, we decided to go by the beach and get some sun. I thought to myself that if there was a time for me to go on the breakwater, this was it. I grabbed the GoPro that I won at the Mr Manileño blog launch, and off I went.

The breakwater was built using rocks of different kinds and sizes, with what looked like soil as mortar. It had the shape of a capital T on its left side. You walk on the short side and reach a point where you have a choice to go right, or keep going straight.

If you go right, it is easier and longer, with a path you can follow due to the backhoe that created the breakwater. It runs parallel to the beach and the resort. If you go straight, there is no path, it is uneven,  and you have to very  cautiously navigate your way to the end. I chose to go straight first, then see the other part on my way back.

If you know Arianna and I, you know that we are polar opposites with a great many things. She trips when walking because she looks forward at the goal and rarely down where her feet go. She hits potholes on the road for the same reason, God bless her. I on the other hand, glance at the goal, then I am constantly looking where my feet will go. When I drive, I pretty much do the same thing, trying to make sure I avoid the potholes.

As I made my way to the end of the straight path breakwater,  I had an epiphany. That is exactly how her and I go through life. When she does things, she’s thinking long term. When I do things, I think short term. I have a general idea of what I want in the future, she has a 5, 10,20, 5o year plan that she wants to follow. She’s a long distance runner, and I’m a sprinter.

This is one of the reasons why I think God put Arianna and I together. She needs me to help her stop and enjoy the moment.  I need her to help me stop and look past the present. We need each other to help find balance in our lives.

Thankfully, we have the rest of our lives to learn from each other. God truly blessed me with someone I never knew I needed.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV

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