Sea Shell Treasures

Sometimes your voyage may take you out of the mountains and into the “low country”.  There is beauty in both.  One of my favorite things to do is walk on the beach and look for seashells.  I could do this for hours!  One summer while walking on the beach, I started thinking about how our lives are similar to that of a seashell.   I kept searching, thinking and pondering on this.  I picked up enough shells for each of my patients at dialysis and wrote this poem to give each of them when I returned from vacation.   No matter where you are in your journey you may be able to relate as well. 

Sea Shell Treasures

Your path to this place in life was not easy.

You came from all walks of life, depths of the sea.

You are different colors, shapes, and sizes. 

You have experienced low and high tides.

You have been weathered, torn, chipped, and broken.

You are not perfect, but you are unique.

You have experienced that washed out feeling; to shore, then back out again. 

You were tossed about in the force of the storm, sometimes buried in sand for a while, only to resurface again.

You have been at the mercy of “life” through calm and rough waters.

You landed here where I found you, amongst many others, all with similar but different 

stories to tell.

You are here for a purpose, one way or another. We are on this journey together. I’m glad we met.

May this shell be a reminder that… 

Someone picked you up, cared for you, and carefully transported you here.

Someone thought you were worth it. 

Someone thought about you. 

Someone believes in you. 

Someone sees that you have value. 

You add joy to people’s lives. 

You are treasured.

Carol Jones, MS, RDN, CSR
Registered Dietitian
Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition

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