What does water mean to you?
I’m not talking about the recommendation to drink X ounces a day to support good health. I’m referring to bodies of water and dipping your toes, floating on top and jumping down under.
In my life, water is a mainstay.
If you follow my blog, you may recall Water was one of my three words for 2014. I am calm and grounded at water’s edge. My black lab son Bo is also a water baby. My heart leaps for joy when he is jumping, diving and grinning in the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, he actually grins and this is a regular routine since we moved to Florida!
Lakeside and Oceanside
In July, I was blessed to visit two bodies of water near and dear to my heart. Badin Lake in North Carolina and the Jersey Shore. Both are annual traditions and a source of good times with good friends as we relax, eat well and laugh a lot.
Photo Credit: Kay Myers
While I was soaking up my blessings, this blog post came to mind – how water correlates to our lives.
At times, the surface of the water is flat and calm. There is a soft ebb but it is flowing. Yet underneath? The water below is very different…turbulent, filled with rip tides invisible to the eye.
Have you met people who are easygoing even when things are not easy? They are joyful and take life in stride. They are self-assured even when life is chaotic. Challenges are turning things upside down but you can’t tell.
If you are the type of person who naturally portrays a calm demeanor when calamity is going on, I applaud you. And – I’m jealous. I tend to wear my heart, passion and pressure on my sleeve. That’s why Composed is one of my words for 2017. (Yep, a second shameless cooldeb plug).
Learning how to surf life’s waves
What about the opposite perspective?
A quiet calm can actually exist below the water’s surface. It’s connected and fluid. If you have snorkeled, particularly offshore, you know what I am talking about. Yet on the surface, it is choppy with endless rolling waves flipping, turning and spinning.
Have you met people who thrive on crazy and a bit of mess? They are actually energized by chaos and seek it to exist. I have a few friends who survive on surfing life’s waves. I readily admit I don’t get them but I have learned from them. Thank you for those life lessons.
Getting grounded through water
I’m finishing up a book entitled, “Mindfulness for Beginners” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I’d like to share this passage:
“At times, when there are no currents or wind, the surface of the ocean can be mirrorlike, completely flat and calm. But usually, it is waving to one degree or another on the surface. In the midst of a storm, a typhoon or a hurricane, the surface can be ferociously turbulent. It may not even look like a surface any more. Yet even in the midst of the most ferocious turbulence, if you descend beneath the surface thirty or forty feet or so, you will find no turbulence at all…just gentle undulation.”
What kind of water baby are you? Do you embrace easy coasting when a riptide of calamity is going on? Or are you inherently drawn to surfing life’s waves and enjoy the ride? Do share…