Sometimes you have to take one step back, let something pass, and then proceed.
I was standing at the water’s edge. My feet dug into the sand. The water rushed around my ankles. I was watching the shore break build, crash, and surge towards the beach. It’s powerful uproar kept many out of the shallows, and humbled those who forgot to think twice. I stood watching this motion, giddy to paddle out to what awaited just beyond it. As I proceeded towards the ocean, a slab of shore break stood up and looked at me in the eyes. I decided to take a step back and let it pass. The potential risk of being tossed back onto the shore didn’t seem worth it.
This simple task of stepping back, allowing the wave to pass, and then continuing into the water afterwards was an “ah-ha!” moment. Sometimes it’s necessary to surge harder than the incoming wave, to skim over or plunge through it, to counteract it’s force, and immediately move beyond it. However, there are also times when allowing something to crash before you, not with you, is ideal. The key is knowing the difference. And this doesn’t always mean something externally. feelings, emotions, and thought patterns are all included. What would happen if you paused, let _______ spread itself so thin that you could simply and easily move beyond it?