On going against the tide and doing the opposite

April 30, 2016

Have you ever been out on the beach amongst crashing waves? You stand there and watch the approaching wave arrive like a herd of sea lions. You feel your heart beating faster… and faster…

“Now!” you hear an echo nearby and you duck, diving into the belly of the wave. It is the most amazing feeling ever. To have escaped the tidal wave from hitting your body like a ton of bricks.

But we often forget that we have to go far enough from the shore – where we feel the most comfortable, before we are able to go deep enough to dive.

You cannot dive into a wave if you aren’t brave enough to leave the shore, your safety net.

We have to go far enough from our comfort zone before we can even take the plunge.

Just keep walking, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Even if the water is rising up to your ankles, then your calves, your knee.

Because soon enough, the next big wave will come, and you will have the opportunity to jump right in, both feet lifted.

And when you survive the wave, when you emerge from the waters refreshed, triumphant, and free, it will be worth all the while.

So keep going. Don’t look back.

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