With the culmination of 2022 upon us, we all welcome more love and appreciation, words which mean the same thing: “to become more.” Appreciation can be valuing, respecting, cherishing, treasuring and admiring—a unique experience for each of us.
A friend told me she made holiday cards for everyone who had meaning in her life. She shared at least three things she loved about that person, and it became a gratitude festival. Especially after these past few years of contemplating deeper what is important, I have been discovering how powerful it is to value the differences in people. In the process I came up with this quote: “I rejoice in my/their choices,” inspired by the sense that we are all here to use our free will to make our choices and discover our true nature.
I’d like to share some of the things I treasure about Malibu: the ocean, the wildlife, the sunsets and the sacred history of fascinating people. Did you know that Malibu in Chumash means “where the waves crash loudly”? Walking down Westward Beach near The Sunset restaurant, I heard a very loud bang, almost as if a cannon fired. It was a big shore-breaker wave, just as the Chumash heard over 14,000 years ago.
Did you know that Zuma means “Abundance”? When I see Zuma Beach at low tide, the vast expansive stretch filled with all the wildlife and sea life, it is indeed overflowing abundance. I love all the people who share our love for an ocean swim, beach saunter or an exhilarating view of sparkling waves and gorgeous sunsets. I cherish watching mother nature transforming the ocean, clouds, sky and sunlight into a living canvas to communicate radically diverse masterpieces of boundless beauty, whether stormy, windy, moody or bright crystal clear and sunny.
These living images, timeless and beyond comprehension, have been indelibly etched into my soul and are powerful wake-up reminders when I’m feeling blue that there is a loving Source beyond what my eyes can see. I’m reminded of the special feeling of how much this means to me to be able to see, hear and touch this seascape magnificence and feel the profound gift of gratitude as I shout, “Thank You!” across the universe and back.
I also love the cultural impact Malibu has had on my life. With regard to the snapshot of Malibu history I have witnessed since a child, I loved how growing up in the Malibu Colony organically brought interactions with people from all over the world, including a large number of world-famous icons. These experiences led me to feel as though anything is possible and meeting anyone on Earth is possible. Conversations in my childhood were frequently about whether these superstars/influencers were of good character, that being perceived as the predominant element of “social currency.” I love how this feedback from friends and family brought about a feeling in me that it is most valuable to look at others as equals, no matter what they have or don’t have.
I’m grateful to have experienced Malibu at 8 years old, swimming in the Malibu Lagoon and hiking up the creek all the way to the Malibu tunnel, witnessing mother nature and creatures at their finest. We never locked our doors and neither did our neighbors. The Colony was a rural small town to me.
Then there is the reverse view of Malibu—what viewers throughout the world have seen of Malibu in film, television and international news. I am told that in the silent movie era, because many Hollywood stars and executives lived in the Colony, for example, that Malibu was perceived as a mysterious, magical location and since then has become a global hot spot and magnet. Aside from all this exposure, Malibu will forever be my favorite place on Earth because of the ocean and sunsets that fill my heart to overflowing.
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