The wind howls today. The water is a dark brown color. There are patches of blue above, but mostly grey clouds hover. White caps cover the ocean’s surface. The shore-break matches the sound of the thunder that rumbles in the distance. Nonetheless, I am gazing at the ocean.
There is stillness today. Not a ripple on the ocean’s surface. The water is a blue-green hue. There are white fluffy clouds floating amongst the vivid blue sky above me. The sounds of seagulls chirping and laughter fills the air. Nonetheless, I am gazing at the ocean.
Regardless of the appearance, regardless of the experiences or what is passing through, we do not belittle the ocean. But what about ourselves? Have you ever judged yourself based on a mood or emotion you are experiencing? In the heat of anger or the bliss of happiness the core of our being remains, just as the depths of the ocean remain during a storm or a sunny day. Emotions can be useful. They can guide us and present us with various experiences, but emotions do not define us. We are much deeper, much more vast. Experience emotions, for it is part of this human existence. Let the feelings flow through you, but do not allow them to define you. Give your emotions gratitude, let them come and go like weather systems that so heavily affect the ocean, yet do not define it.