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From Trash to Treasure

Jenny Flintoft
Treat Life Like a Board Game
April 9, 2017
Jenny Flintoft
The Hopefulness and Power of Yet
April 9, 2017
 

From Trash to Treasure


Look at this beautiful picture. It looks just like a beach full of precious jewels, right? Wrong.
 
 
Welcome to Glass Beach, California.

In the early part of the 20th Century, residents were able to simple throw their trash here (seems quite unbelievable now, but this was a different time and education is a wonderful thing!) In 1967, the authorities closed the area and prevented people from dumping any more waste.
Over the next several decades, what was biodegradable in the dump sites simply degraded away and all the metal and other items were eventually removed and sold as scrap or used in art. What was left were all the bottles and glass that people had simply discarded. But then what happened was incredible. Mother Nature worked her magic.
The waves that repeatedly rolled on and off the glass slowly started to change those broken, sharp, discarded pieces into smooth, beautiful jewels that now twinkle on the shore. The glass did nothing except let a natural process take its course.
How often do we intervene, or try to manually control situations which don’t need our intervention? When actually, all that is truly needed is for nature to take its course. All we need to do is be patient, stay hopeful, believe in a better future and watch as the broken pieces in our life are shaped into priceless treasure.
 
Jenny Flintoft

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