What an ocean wave teaches about getting through the tough times.
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides, and in its depths, it has its pearls too.”–Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
When drama smacks us down like a strong wave, getting through the tough times is even tougher.
“The Great Wave.” What started as a piece of metal with paint overspray, scratches, and corrosion looks like a rendition of the famed “Under the Wave off Kanagawa.”
Doesn’t it seem like there’s an endless parade of drama in the headlines?
This week the sky literally seems to be falling.
Make the drama stop!
Why, why, why?
“Why” is analyzing something that is in the past.
Waves are like incoming information.
Turning within to get through the tough times.
Part X tells me no one wants to read what I write.
Losing sight of our interconnectedness.
How do we tame Part X?
When anxiety and depression take hold.
“Transparency.” Be open and vulnerable. That’s when you are in touch with your true self. It took some soul-searching for me to offer part of my story here, but I felt that with Jonah Hill and Phil Stutz being open about their emotions, it was time that I could share that as well. We all have times of struggle. Know that you are not alone.
How to recharge your life force.
All waves have crests and troughs.
Life is like the pulse of the ocean.
Love gives us purpose and fathoms of meaning.
Everything that is stressful lacks love. Some of the hardest situations and most difficult people require us to dig deep for that kind of love. And sometimes it’s best to love from afar when your own health and welfare are at stake.
From the experience of riding the cycles of tides and outlasting the surge of storms, we are gifted. On sunny days, notice the promise of millions of sparkles on the water’s surface. I think of them as souls dancing. Mine is right there with yours.
I feel fortunate to be on this ride. And sharing it with you. I hope you discover lots of pearls.
Have you watched "Stutz" or read "The Tools?"
Let's ride this wave together!
Ann Newman is an abstract photographer, writer, and creator of Annstracts. As a former, professionally-trained salesperson, Ann understands that people want to solve problems or accelerate growth for a better future. Exploring the symbolism in abstract photos, she lets them tell stories that offer hope. You might find Ann near her home in Phoenix, bent down looking at the tiniest details of a bug, patting any nearby dog, or looking up at a tree to figure out what bird she just heard.
Love your writing and art, don’t stop! Forwarding now to friends who need this message!
Thanks so much Cindy! Love the encouragement and the sharing.
Your art and writing is always so interesting . Love it!!
Much appreciated, Nancy. Glad you enjoyed it!