“It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.”
― Jon J. Muth
― Jon J. Muth
"Got my toes in the water, ass in the sand." Life is good today. Beautiful. Happy Birthday, June 2nd to my extraordinary sister, Les. Love you. Thank you for reminding me of this song. Life is good today. Fully engaged in our present moment we have the ability to understand we're part of the graceful flow of a gentle wave. It's easier to realize this when we are physically at the beach with our "toes in the water and ass in the sand." We forget we can recreate the experience internally at any moment. We become the wave. When we sense we may be dragged under water or fail to be who we really are, we have to be reminded we are the ocean. Just as the ocean generates the wave, the mind generates our thoughts. Ancient sages spoke of not changing what we see but how we see it. Are we tiny helpless swimmers drowning in the world's sea of raging storms? Or are we calm, cool Big Kahunas? Are we the powerful surfers who take control of the board and choose to ride our waves? The choice is ours. The choice is always ours.
Like the ocean tides our time on earth is wave after wave of sadness, suffering and pain but life is also wave after wave of great joy, knowledge and wisdom. Our personal moments are as beautiful, ugly, tense, relaxing, meaningless or meaningful as we to choose to make them. No matter how much our minds convince us we're winners or loser's with "Life's Scratch Off Ticket", we choose to appreciate one million dollars or five. Because honestly, we could lose that cash in an instant. We can lose everything we own as quickly as we can scrub off a hidden number with a nickle. How we react to good or bad fortune is always our choice. And in the end, how do we know the difference? All of us occasionally fantasize about business domination, owning our own private island or being a hedonistic rock star but even "lucky" people who earn millions are truly no happier or content than those who earn pennies. Happiness never has or ever will be a commodity.
Here's to riding your own wave.
and special Happy Birthday wishes go out to Angie-June 6th
Drew-June 13th & Steve, June 26th