Good tidings is an old fashioned way to say I’m bringing good news. I’m not. But I’m writing with the ocean in view and thinking of the tide, and well…”Good Tidings” felt like an appropriate title despite it being an inappropriate use of the phrase.
I’ve spent a lot of time near oceans in the past 6 months. Last month I listened to a swami discuss the ocean and it’s waves, comparing life to the changing tides, currents, water temperature, etc. Standing on the shore you can appreciate the beauty of the ocean. Once inside, you’re tossed about; much like life. You can be of the world, but not in the world. He said it far more poetically, but tis the nature of the telephone game.
I’ve heard such analogies countless times and they had always bothered me, because I felt like I was being told to live life without passion. But years later, and countless hours of thinking too much, I’ve realized it’s quite the opposite.
When we stand outside life’s drama without getting caught in the constantly shifting currents and tides of gossip, self doubt, constant worry, criticism, and all that chatter that occupies our minds with nonsense – THEN we can jump into the ocean with open arms because there’s space for joy. Despite the constant flux, we can always return to the larger beauty within the grand scheme of things without getting bogged down and pre occupied with all that is out of our control.
While anxieties might always pass before the forefront of our minds like passing clouds, instead of running with them on tangents, latch on to the vast ocean of joy running parallel, and know the personal freedom to choose joy is the life buoy always available when the ocean gets a little rough.