In a world bursting with innovation and possibilities unimaginable even a decade ago, the opportunities for quiet reflection,  for time to listen to the rhythms of the natural world are often limited.  The narrative of life is punctuated by text messages and tweets and full stories are often disaggregated into 140 characters or less.  And yet, there is a fuller context for human experiences, a broad and rich spectrum that can lend depth and perspective and even invite renewed consideration of the meaning of humanity in a digital context.  Belief in something greater than self, in something that transcends differences, in something that fundamentally unites all those journeying through a lifetime offers that context.  It reminds us that each of us is part of a great stream of humanity, merely a grain of sand yet part of a beach shaped by the constant movement of the ocean.