I love the ocean. Yet, it can be dangerous. At the beginning it is a matter of getting passed all the waves that the ocean rolls toward you. As the waves gently touch your feet, take a few steps and then it begins to hit your shins. Sometimes it can cause you to slightly stumble as you readjust your footing. Then as you take another step or two the waves are hitting your knees. Even at that time, you thought you had a good footing in the oceans bottom, yet it causes you to stumble even more.. Where you almost fell. Finally, just as you are about to dive into the ocean, it decides just one more wave.. and down you go.. Do you get back up?
Circumstances in our life can be the same way. Even if we decided just to go with the flow of the ocean and dive in.. as we swim further out.. at some point or another.. you begin to wonder what is beneath the oceans water.. and wonder if you should swim out even more. Majority of time, especially if you are with others.. you say, let's just do it. And further out you swim.
I know that it is easier for me to swim further out with someone with me.. and then there are times, where I just stay where I am.. tread the water, looking around, with my heart beating quickly, and begin to panic just for a moment.. Should I head back to shore? Or should I still go out?
I still don't know what is beneath me.. I can't see anything.. I can't feel the ocean floor safely underneath my feet.. and as I turn around, still treading the water.. I wonder, do I dare swim out further into the ocean's water, or do I head back to the familiar shore knowing I will be safe? Do I risk swimming not knowing if a shark is there or even a small jellyfish that stings?
Life is like that.. circumstances.. each and every day. I speak for myself knowing the familiarity of my life causes me to be stuck. Drive the same way.. work the same place.. go out to eat at the same restaurants.. visit the same rivers.. swim in the same ocean.. I am familiar. I am safe.
Yet, every once in awhile I will try a new place to eat. Oh, the wonderful world of Alfredo when I just had it a few years ago, became a new addiction for me to eat. This is only a small example of how just a small step into the world's "unknown" can be.. exciting!
We have to decide if we want to let the circumstances dictate what we do with our day. You have to decide if that one small wave that caused you to slightly stumble, will cause you to go back to safety. Even when the circumstances of life brings you a strong stumble.. Causing you to be face down.. will you get up and continue to move forward.. or will that stumble cause you to stay down and then go back to the safety of the shore of what you know.
The ocean is powerful and gentle. The ocean is peaceful and powerful. The ocean is beautiful, but dangerous. Life is also the same. What will you do with that one wave, that hit you hard that caused you to stumble?
*Just my thoughts of the day*