"The heart of man is very much like the sea. It has its storms, it has its tides, and in its' depths, it has its pearls too." ~ Vincent Van Gogh
I will always remember a message my father shared with me. He said, "Your life will change every five years." I was quite young to be digesting such a profound thought. Nevertheless, it stuck.
As I became an adult woman, I began to reflect on my life in terms of decades, and I understood what my father meant.
Though change happens constantly, we are often too busy to see it. Yet, it is always happening. It is a beautiful gift to reflect, savor sweet memories, let some go, acknowledge past mistakes and learn from them.
Life is made up of many cycles
How thoughtfully and carefully we treat each cycle makes up a rhythm to our life. I have found it very reassuring to understand the cycle or season I am in and trust in the process.
With this in mind, I'd like to share some thoughts inspired by the sea.
When a ship is at sea, it can sail through smooth, calm waters. We find ourselves floating with ease and delight.
Often, the weather changes quickly, and the seas become stormy, making it difficult to see the horizon.
We are each the captain of our ship, navigating both mentally and instinctively. When the seas are calm, we move with ease. When they are rough, it requires strength, skill and endurance. As the captain, it is important to realize the waves will continue to change and show up unexpectedly.
In calm seas, you can see ever so clearly, the skies above and deeply beneath the surface. When I think of calm seas, I think of carefree summer days soaking up the sun and riding the endless stream of glistening waves.
What are some of the ways waves may show up in your life when the seas are calm?
Life flows like a gentle wave, and you are in the flow. Everything is smooth sailing, and life is good!
When the seas are stormy, I feel overwhelmed, anxious, not in my power.
You may feel in over your head like you're drowning in work, a sinking feeling. It's just one wave after another. You may see and feel the chaos and suffering in the world. Stormy seas are churning, cold and rough, making it difficult to see clearly.
What do stormy seas look like for you? And how do you navigate them and take care of yourself at the same time?
How do we navigate through these changing seas? Let's practice:
Ocean waves are influenced by the moon's gravitational pull, wind and weather. Like the waves, we are shaped by outside forces and are directly influenced by our surrounding energy.
As the captain, you are poised to navigate many seasons of weather.
Remember, the seas will soon be calm.
~Thank you, Dad, for the subtle ways you shared your wisdom~