January 20, 2012

Waves and Tides



Do you sometimes say something and, upon reflection, you think "wow, that was great!" Of course you do. I'm just reminding you how smart you are.


I think of things that I have heard from family, friends and strangers, and how many times I have said to folks, "Did you hear what you just said?" That has proved valuable in times of growth, vulnerability, pain and joy for those to whom I have been listening. 


Today I explained to someone a clarity of direction for me that is renewing a very scrappy attitude blended with irreverence and urgency to help me make some things happen. I enjoy this feeling and method of doing business. I said, "I am not riding a wave, this is a tide."


Wow, that was great!


Any changes that come into our lives-be they from trauma or self-examination, significant event or sublime inspiration-are transitory. Such is life. That is both beauty and handicap. Things can enter wave-like or tide-like. My point when I conveyed the thought about waves and tides is that I sense that what is happening for me, particularly my comfort and confidence in challenging some sacred cows, is not a short-lived wave of energy but a slower moving, more persistent changing of levels...a tidal shift. I don't feel crests and valleys and crashing and froth; I feel a persistent change and influence that is affected by various factors (but I don't think the full moon will matter for this!).


I believe that it is important that we stay attuned to the changes, growth patterns, self-pruning (there is value in low tides, too, to completely mix metaphors on you) and influences in our lives. Ride the waves, transform with the tides.








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