Tides … not Waves
Ebb and Flow… I grew up on the ocean in Halifax. The rhythm of the tides was something you took for granted. Sometimes here on the prairie I forget that life is full of ebbing and flowing everyday, every week and every month. I talk about changes in mood, intention, work etc in terms of waves but today I am rethinking that. These feelings I experience to be lazy or productive, happy or sad, enthusiastic or depressed are more like tides. They change but it takes longer than a wave. Waves follow each other in rapid succession while tides move the water up and down in imperceptible increments, at least in some parts of the world. That is how I am experiencing change right now. There are slow incremental changes in my energy levels as my tide begins to change. I am experiencing ebb tide. The water has receded. The sea bottom is exposed. It feels like every mistake I have ever made, every flaw is on display and I have lost a lot of energy and enthusiasm over the past few months. I am at low tide.
At the turning of the tide there is a place called slack water. What a great description of how it feels to be at the bottom waiting for the tide to change. I am so looking forward to the tide filling my being and flooding me with energy and excitement again. It can’t come too soon. BUT the lesson of course is patience. No amount of force can turn the tide. It must turn on its own when conditions are right. The flood tide will come. I feel the stirrings now, a slow comfortable movement in the atmosphere that warns of a change, a new kind of commitment to live life to the fullest, to finish unfinished business AND set new goals for this anticipated flood tide which will bring back the waters of enthusiasm and motivation.
In Nova Scotia you will find the tides are the highest in the world. Over 160 billion tonnes of water move in and out of the Bay of Fundy, every day, twice a day. That’s more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers on our planet. The result is a tidal bore .. a kind of wave that washes over the surface as the water begins to come back in. Maybe because I am from Nova Scotia my highs and lows are more distinct like the tides of my birthplace. Or maybe not. I think everyone experiences highs and lows in motivation. The trick is to recognize when the ebb tide has hit slack water and welcome the turn to the flood tide that follows. Swim with the tide. It is so much easier than swimming against it. Become a part of the natural way of things. Ebb and flow.. up and down … like the ocean.