I don’t know about you, but I find sitting watching the waves rolling in over the rocks very therapeutic.
Last night, I noticed a small group of seagulls sitting on the water, drifting in & out as the tide advanced & receded. They did nothing but sit & yet were carried along by the flow of the tide. Doubtless they could have swum in or out & even taken off if they’d wanted to, but were content to be carried with seemingly no effort on their part.
I started wondering how often I allow myself to be carried along in the flow of what’s happening or whether I try to control something that is better not to fight. Sometimes in business & life we are so fixed on controlling our own lives & destiny that we miss an opportunity to rest & allow things to happen. The results may take us to very interesting places, probably areas we wouldn’t have chosen to go, but perhaps also that’s an important part of turning our life into an adventure?
The other interesting objects that caught my attention were the rocks of varying shapes & sizes.
Smaller ones were unable to resist the power of the tide, but still didn’t move very far. Doubtless over time most of their rough edges will be chipped & smoothed away by the knocks & continuous wear & tear they receive; they will be the same rock, just look a bit different. Experience tells me that in some circumstances I actually do need a good shaking-up & re-shaping in my ideas & attitudes. That seems to happen most when I’m in contact with people & relationships, especially those I find difficult. Being out of total control can feel threatening & at times, overwhelming, but unlike the rocks we can also choose how much resist the outside forces & how much we go with them. Wisdom in that choosing is often our main (& hardest) decision.
However, there were also some larger rocks which, no matter how hard the waves broke over them & attempted to toss them about, remained solid & unmoved in all of the swirling foam & turbulence. These reminded me that sometimes we need, for whatever reason, to resist seemingly impossible waves & moves to change & form our opinion or stand. If our roots are deep or strong enough, for example, we have a strong conviction that this is how we need to steer our life our business (despite what the signs & people around us seem to be doing & saying) we sometimes do need to stand firm & see things through to their conclusion. Sure, we may get some knocks & have some of our own rough edges worn away, we may need to respond to things that happen & modify our approach as we learn
… but I think we will learn so much more about ourselves, our values & the validity of our visions as we do so.
Until next time …