1/23/2016: Tides

Over time I’ve discovered that just about every aspect of my life exists in a state of constant undulation — things rising high and dipping low, back and forth, and back and forth.

I will push hard, and then I’ll need rest. I’ll feel inspired, and then I’ll feel blocked. I’ll find myself wanting to expand and stretch, then recoil and retreat. Each journey to one end of the spectrum teaches me to respect and appreciate the other.

I used to find this perpetual motion a bit exhausting, like I was always being swallowed up by a powerful wave in motion, never able to find a calm place to rest in the middle. That was until I learned to stop fighting the waves and instead befriend them. To trust them. To find comfort in the abiding truth that no feeling or mood, no high or no low, will ever last.

cInstead of fighting the laws of nature and resisting the tide, we can learn to let it carry us from one season to the next. We can act as co-conspirators with the tides, riding a feeling from one end of the spectrum to the next.

I find this especially reassuring in matters of creativity, when I inevitably find myself in periods of inspiration drought. While in the thick of it, it can be tempting to believe that the spark will never return. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve gone through enough peaks and valleys of inspiration to know that it’s never permanent. I’ll find that spark again if I just keep wading through it, doing my best to hold onto the joy until I do.

Whether it’s your creativity or your mood or your season of life, learn to trust that our lives roll in and out like the tides. There’s comfort to be found in knowing that no single thing will last forever.