Monday, February 6, 2012

The Ebb


The weather has been wildly fluctuating lately, which means people are filling the awkward parts of conversation with weather-related remarks. Terms like "crazy" and "can't make up it's mind" and "this is terrible" are being thrown around. I mean, I get it: it was one degree and snowy at one point. Last week, it was fifty degrees and rainy. I suppose crazy is a good way to describe this particular occurrence. Whatev.

But I always come back to this: the weather isn't all that much different than your life. There are breezy, sunny days at sixty-five degrees and frigid days at eleven degrees and you have to learn to adapt even when you truly despise the experience. When someone talks about the ebb and flow, this is what they mean: sometimes the tide will go out (ebb) and sometimes it will come back in (flow). But, it always comes back. The water that returns to the sea will again return to the beach. Sometimes it just requires a little patience for it to arrive.

When we experience an ebb in our lives, it feels like it will never end. When will our reprieve come? Why has everyone forgotten about us? It feels like the tide will never return and we are somehow stuck in a permanent agony. Like everything else, it's not going to last forever--the world couldn't possibly function with such a lack of balance. And neither could you, quite honestly.

When times are good, it's so easy to forget what the bad times felt like--and the opposite is also true. All you need to do is be patient and let your ebb teach you something about who you are, or who you are meant to be. And if you don't feel like doing that, just plant yourself on the beach and wait for the tide to come back in. It's only a matter of time.

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