Thursday, February 16, 2012

Learn to Surf

Life comes at us hard sometimes.  It comes with a fury and it can knock the wind right out of our chest. 

It's a fact; we can't stop the waves.  So why not learn to surf?

When a wave of life knocks you over hard, swallows you whole, churns you around in its belly, and spits you out covered in sand and seaweed, you have the power to say "this is not how the story's going to end". 

Look at all the beauty in the wave.  It has a purpose... it's part of a greater plan. 

Almost every grain of sand had a rough beginning.  Many of them were jagged and abrasive.  It took a lot of churning and refining to get them smooth and lovely.  But after going through the smoothing process, they now have a greater purpose. 

Sand is a major ingredient in mortar, concrete, plaster, and asphalt paving.  It's used to purify water and as an abrasive (glued to paper to make sandpaper; it's blown through a hose by compressed air or steam for sandblasting to clean walls of brick or stone buildings, remove paint, and to clean metal items).  Sand is used in pottery and glass making.  Pure quartz sand is even used for lining acid-steel furnaces for it's heat-resistance.  And, the obvious, fun beach activities and sand castles!

Look at the greater purpose here!  After overcoming the difficulties of crashing waves, each grain of sand came out with something to offer the world.  Playing a part in bringing us water that's safe to drink, building safe roads and sidewalks, even protecting us from a potential fire. 

What's your greater purpose?  How will you be able to help others by making it through another wave?  Or ever better, by learning to surf?

Look at your dreams.  Think about how you want your life to be in a year, in ten years, in twenty years.  Visualize the wave that knocked you over.  What are the possible responses you can have to that wave?  Where will each response lead you?  Closer to your dream?  In the opposite direction of your dream? 

Is that what you really want?

If you want to let the waves keep dragging you under, by all means, do.  It's your choice... you get to decide.  But if your dreams are really important to you and you truly want to see them come true, you'll have to learn to surf.  You might find that you're a natural at it!  You might find that it takes a lot of hard work and effort. 

But I promise you, it WILL be worth it.

If you want to have something you've never had, you'll have to do something you've never done.

1 comment:

  1. I love your analogy for the earth being simple elements of sand and water. I love thinking about the waves as our challenges of the past, and the surf board we should find as our tool to make a better greater life. I'm up for the challenge! The ocean is scary but why wait!