September 6, 2011
Ebb and Flow
There is a natural ebb and flow in nature. Ebb and flow is most often used to describe the tides of the oceans and rivers. It means; "To decrease and then increase". This natural change happens with weather patterns too, known as El Nino and La Nina. Things in nature change and there are regular patterns and cycles, other times changes are unexpected. But things are always changing. Sometimes we don't like it, but really there is nothing we can do about it.
I believe life is like this too. We go through natural changes in our bodies, our moods and health are always changing. Sometimes it's predictable and other times something random can happen. Sometimes we can't control what is happening and we just have to change our perception of life along with the events.
Even our relationships have an ebb and flow. Friends that were once a big part of your life no longer have that same role. Just think back to school; we spent a huge amount of time with people that we thought we would be friends with forever. Then suddenly you get a reunion letter and you realize that it has been years or decades since you've seen or even talked to these friends. We get caught up in our lives and work. We meet new people and make new friends and it seems that others move on and out of your life. It's natural; it's part of the rhythm of life.
I've recently had this brought to my attention and it's been on my mind. Don't we often wish that we could stop time when life seems perfect? We want what is happening now to stay that way forever. But life moves on. People come and go, friendships change; we grow closer to some friends and others drift away. Our reaction could be to try to control it; but isn't it like trying to control the weather? I think we have to change and adapt as best we know how; for change is a part of life. That's why it's best for me to live in the moment. Enjoy each season, situation and person in my life; because it could all change and be different tomorrow, next week or next year.