Messages from the Edge

My sunglasses dropped down the cliff. I was mortified.

Looking down at the ocean from high above I felt an overwhelming urge to get them back.

Ordinarily I would have cut my losses and left them. The jagged cliff hung high over the ocean and the sea below was rough and choppy, but I could see my sunglasses on the rocks below and I believed there was a way down. I was determined to get them back.


So slowly, ever so slowly, I took the first step. I could see what resembled a narrow goat track and felt a sense of determination.  As I set off, each step taken with blind faith, footings appeared in the rocks.

Another step, then a third, and each time I could see a little bit in front of me, not much but enough to convince me I could make it. Half way down and the footing kept revealing itself to me in the rocks. At this point I wasn’t looking at the bottom anymore, not the surf, the rocks nor my fallen sunglasses. I just knew I had to stay focused, keep steady and eventually I’d get down.

By the time I reached terra firma the waves had eased and the ocean was calm. There was a person standing there, I don’t know who she was. She was holding my glasses and told me (not surprisingly) they were scratched beyond repair. It didn’t matter. I’d reached the bottom.

Then I woke up.

My dream reminded me of the cliffs of Canunda (in South Australia) and yes, I did actually climb down here.

Dreams don’t usually stay with me, but this one has stuck, vivid in my mind, possibly because I recounted it to my son. It feels particularly symbolic.

Of course there could be many interpretations. It could mean I’m simply feeling on edge (after all, I am an overthinker) or that I’ve been taking risks (which I have) or confronting fears (which I also have).

In my dream the cliff face was the challenge and reaching my sunglasses at the bottom my goal. I was determined to get there, even though I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. There was no real path, but each step appeared in the rocks as I needed it and as I put my feet forward.

I’m no dream expert but perhaps the cliff was a representation of the unknown and I’m standing on the cusp of something new.


Right now there’s a lot of uncertainty around me. Some things are working out, some aren’t. However, I honestly believe if I keep taking steps, no matter how slow or small and no matter that I can’t see far in front of me, it will lead me forward.

Notice I didn’t say “to my destination” because ultimately our destination constantly shifts. When we reach it, the goal posts change and there’s something new to strive for.  That’s what life is all about, experiencing the journey, with all of its joys, its ups, downs and humbling experiences along the way. 

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it. “Erada

When we reach wherever it is we’re going, just as I reached my sun glasses, we may realise that our goals have changed. That what we were striving for somehow shifted along the way.

thongs on beach
No sunnies on this remote beach, just calm water and my comfy thongs

Maybe standing on the edge gave me a sense of understanding and awareness, seeing my life in a different way.  Sometimes we all find ourselves on that “cliff edge” where we need a new perspective and resolve. That’s what I felt in my dream, slowly walking down it. I was mindful and aware but I also felt a strong resolve and sense of calm.

It was an unusual dream, potentially full of hidden dangers and yet infinite possibilities.  Life’s like that. With every step we take out of our comfort zone a rebirth happens. An awakened feeling that somehow things always work out. 

Trust yourself, face your fears, whatever they are, and don’t be afraid to step into the unknown.

Have a great week ahead.

In light and love.


“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breath and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”

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136 thoughts on “Messages from the Edge

    1. So true Lorelle. Usually I don’t remember mine but when I do I figure it’s for a reason.
      Yep, it sure was freezing today. Rain, hail, snow, bloody arctic. Aaagh, bring on the warmth!

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  1. I read the first line and you got me. Then I found it is a dream and how you beautifully weaved to a life learning. What a brilliant piece but more beautiful was how you narrated it. Hope you get what you desire. Love and peace


  2. I think your interpretation of your dream is pretty accurate. Interesting how dreams come into our awareness when we need to deal with certain unknowns. Love the last quote. There have been occasions in my life when I’ve ridden the waves of time, with just blind faith. Loved your photos illustrating the scene of your dream. ❤

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  3. I love your intuitive interpretation of your dream. Don’t discount it. When it comes to vivid dreams like that, your intuition makes you the expert. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Miriam, this post is beautiful just like your heart and soul. Reading this was just what I needed this morning. Thank you for being such a constant inspiration and for reminding me of the things that matter most. You always help me believe that anything is possible, and what a wonderful feeling that is. To feel like you can touch the stars is everything. Enjoy the week ahead, may it be full of miracles and magic for you! Big hug and lots of love, my friend. xo

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    1. Hi Tanya, what a beautiful comment, you always say the nicest things and I’m so glad this resonated with you. Hope all’s well in your world. Have a wonderful week ahead my dear friend. Sending lots of love and hugs your way. Here’s to touching the stars and believing that anything is possible. xx 💕

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  5. We’ve all heard the phrase “follow your dreams” Perhaps this is one of those times.

    Your part of ……..”It was an unusual dream, potentially full of hidden dangers and yet infinite possibilities. Life’s like that. With every step that we take out of our comfort zone a rebirth happens. An awakened feeling that somehow things always work out.

    Trust yourself, face your fears, whatever they are, and never be afraid to step into the unknown.”

    That I think is spot on!! Thanks for posting and sharing.

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  6. Beautiful photos as usual, Miriam. I agree with your thoughts on the meaning of your dream. As I was reading about you retrieving your sunglasses, I was thinking about life and how if we focus on each step (baby steps, I call them) we will eventually reach our destination or our goal. I used to think it was about the finish line but have changed my thinking and realised that the road we take and what happens along the way is more important. As you say things may change and there is always something new on the horizon. Have a beautiful week and sounds like there might be some new changes waiting for you. xx

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    1. Hi Sue, I so agree with your words. Baby steps are indeed the order of the day and when we focus on them lots of interesting things open up in our world. Here’s to a great week ahead for both of us. Enjoy those steps, wherever they lead you. xx

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  7. I am hopeless at figuring out dreams. Sometimes with me when i am at cross road or a deep fear bubbles from the deep dark subscious and i get those weird dreams that feel so real that it takes ages to recover. I dont pay much to figuring out a dream , cause i just cant figure them out. I take them as a sign to meditate more, journal more, and if it seems to be a fear to try affirm and meditate myself to a confident state.

    Great post and I love your conclusion, and I agree, we are constantly having new goals , as one is almost achieved another pops into mind.

    I love your writing and photos.

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    1. Thanks Bella. I’ve always loved trying to analyse dreams, at least the ones that I remember and those that are recurring. Usually there’s a message in there somewhere. Mostly though I forget them as soon as I wake up!
      Take care and have a great week. xx

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  8. Enjoyed the messages (and the photographs!) and agree with taking it all as a journey with shifting destinations – keeps life interesting! Plus, once you’ve reached “the end” it’s over…
    Enjoy your week.

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  9. Once lost my glasses on a canoe trip to Canada. A large bug flew between my eye and my lens. I reflexively swatted at it. The glasses flew off into the water — too deep to dive after them. Some happy fish has been wearing them ever since, I suppose.

    It turned out to be the worse canoe trip of my life. Couldn’t see a thing. Was trying to give up smoking at the time. My companion was a saint, and I was a total grouch to him. The guilt lingers to this day.

    Ironically, I learned later — best weather that part had seen in a decade!

    But on the upside, I behaved so badly it shocked me into ever since trying to make the best of even the worse situations. I’d be more of wimp than I am today were it not for that friendly bug.

    As for “stepping into the unknown”, you seem fearless at that, Miriam. Not afraid of new places at all.

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    1. Loved your story Paul. I too have lost numerous pairs of sunnies to the fish of the underworld. You paint quite a vivid picture but I think you can drop the guilt now.
      As for fearless, well, okay I’ll take that title, Fearless and frisky at 52, that’s me. 🙂

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  10. I find the most vivid and memorable dreams are deeply significant. And as the dreamer, you are the best interpreter. It’s your dream after all.

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  11. Love it. What a great bit of Monday morning advice as I head into another crazy post-fire week. Set goals, take steps towards them, and realize (and embrace) the shifting nature of those goals. I have one in mind, both terrifying and exciting, and that’s a good place to start. Have a great week, Miriam!

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    1. Yes, those goals always shift a bit don’t they, depending on what’s going on around us. All the best with yours this week Tom, excitement is always on the other side of fear. Go for it! And have a great week. 🙂

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  12. I was just glad you didn’t tumble and fall out of bed with a bump, Miriam 🙂 🙂 I haven’t read your overthinking post so I don’t know if that was a prelude to this. Sometimes there’s just so much stuff in our heads when we lay down to sleep! It has to manifest itself somewhere. And all’s well that ends well!

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  13. Beautiful message, Miriam! I agree, life is about the journey rather than the destination, and often we only see a little way in front of us at a time. And yet that is enough if we have the courage to keep moving forward. (Although I have to admit that I was glad to hear this was a dream once I took a good look at those photos! I kept thinking, they’re can’t possibly be a safe way to climb down that cliff!!)

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  14. Your description is so vivid, Miriam. I felt like I was there with you — standing at the edge of the cliff. Dreams are strange because it’s hard to forget one that leaves an impression. I’m quite sure you will face your new challenges and succeed like you always do. Thank you for such a wonderful post. We’re getting ready for a strong spell of rain, a typhoon if the weather doesn’t ease. Hope you have some sunshine on your part of the world. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, yes, this dream definitely left an impression. Hope all’s well in your part of the world. A typhoon sounds pretty intense, take care. It’s still grey and cold here but slowly we’re coming out of Winter, yay. xo

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      1. Fortunately, the typhoon passed Seoul. There was some damage in other parts of Korea. 😦 There are reports of another typhoon, but nothing definite for now. Hope things are well at your end too. Spring is nearly there! ❤

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        1. Glad the typhoon passed over. It’s absolutely gorgeous here today with a sunny weekend on the way apparently. Yes, spring is definitely getting closer, thank goodness. Have a good weekend. x 🙂

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  15. My heart was in my throat as “you” made your way down those rocks to get your sunglasses…I admired your bravery and sure-footedness, traits I’m sure you possess, perhaps this dream was a powerful reminder for you!

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  16. Dreams are often hard to interpret, but your cliff dream certainly did evoke some thoughts about life and its journey which I enjoyed reading. Life is a journey, isn’t it, and as you write with no set destination, but offers ups and downs. An inspiring post, Miriam.

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  17. Hello dear Miriam,
    What a brilliant and ever so beautiful post.
    I love your dream and how you have interpreted it. Indeed, not waiting to see the whole picture, or how we will progress, is how things show up, one piece at a time. Otherwise, as you articulated, when we ‘get there’…there is more to go, through the shifting goalposts.
    Thank you…a stunning piece of heartfelt writing, my friend 💖🌈💖

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    1. Hello Di, yes, you’re right my dear friend, there’s always more to go, more to experience and to learn isn’t there. Thank you for your kind words, it’s always lovely to hear from you. Big hugs xx

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      1. Hello dear Miriam, yes, it’s a winding road for sure. You’re very welcome and I’m sorry I’ve been so absent from your lovely blog. Wishing you well with the things that are making an appearance or disappearing from your journey. Big hugs too, my kind friend 💐🧡🌈

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        1. There’s no need to apologise Di, life is busy for all of us. However, thank you for your kind words and warm wishes. I wish the same for you my friend. Happy upcoming weekend xx 💕🌸

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  18. This is beautiful, Miriam! What a unique post to write about your dream and the lessons you received from it. I love your interpretation, and your encouragement for each of us to trust ourselves and go for our goals – knowing that they might change when we get there. Part of the fun of life, right?

    Every time I read your blog, I’m uplifted Miriam. Thank you so much. You truly have such a Light presence and share wisdom from your heart. If you ever want to contribute to #ForgivingFridays again, you are so welcome. ❤

    Sending you big hugs and lots of JOY and Light on your path however it may take you, friend. Have a really beautiful weekend!! Love, Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Debbie. It’s always a pleasure to see you on my blog and yes, if I can remember, I’ll link one of my posts to FFs. Thanks again, joy and light to you too on your path and have a beautiful weekend yourself. xx 💕


  19. Love this Miriam. That each step was provided for you is significant. But who is the woman? And what is the message in the sunglasses being too scratched? My dream book says” satisfactory rewards for your efforts”(cliff), (dark glasses) a need for a change in routine.” I might suggest for the glasses – try seeing from another perspective. Maybe the woman was the messenger? You kept me on the edge of my seat!

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  20. Wow – this is one of my favourite posts ever Miri and I think you’re right about the interpretation – it’s reassurance that when we step out of our comfort zone and take one step at a time, the ‘footing’ appears. Yes, you’re taking some amazing steps and keeping focussed on the path is key. One step at a time my lovely friend! xx

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    1. Thank you, as always, for your wonderful words of encouragement my dear friend. You know they mean a lot to me. Hope you’re well. Catch up properly soon. xx


  21. I love that you continued the pursuit, even when the path seemed hard and the reward perhaps not that large, because you were determined. I tend to try to analyze my dreams quite often. I find that many times they hold mini (or major) treasures. ❤

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