You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf
Our lives are full of ups and downs. No matter how much we wish for a life filled with pleasure and ease…hardship will always be part of it. It’s the deal.
Bigger and smaller waves
We need to learn, during our life, to learn to deal with both the pleasant and the difficult emotions that will undoubtedly come. Our emotions are like waves. Some are bigger, some are smaller. Some we hardly notice, some feel like they will know us over.
We have no control
The underlying notion is: we have no control over many of the waves that come up in our lives. They come. They go. All we can do is the invaluable work to LEARN TO SURF. Meaning: how to deal with our emotions, without getting knocked over. To remain standing, in the face of pleasure and pain.
This is a lifelong practice. I personally feel I’m enjoying the practice, at this point in my life. It’s hard, I sometimes hate it, but I’m also able to let go of (the illusion of) control of life. To flow. TO SURF. To know it will also end. And I’ll still be standing.
* This is a classic quote, by mindfulness teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn.