Watching the shifting tide move in and out across the shore is a great reminder of the steady rhythm of change deep at the heart of our own lives. We know at some level that life is a flow of change and movement, and yet most of us somehow hang firmly onto the idea that our lives, our sense of self and our friendships are fixed and unchanging.
‘This is who I am, this is what I think’ we will announce to ourselves and the world, forgetting that this self, this world and everything in it changes moment by moment. Sometimes the changes are so tiny that we might not even notice them happening, and this pace of change most of us feel comfortable with. However there are times in all of our lives when change happens fast, unpredictably and unasked for, and that speed of change can feel very uncomfortable and disorientating.
There is something very soothing about watching the tide go in or out over a shallow bay. The huge shift in the landscape can be seen moment by moment. You can watch little landmarks like rocks appear or disappear with the moving water volume. A whole world previously unseen can be revealed and then recovered in the space of less than 12 hours, and this world along the shoreline is rich with life which thrives in the constantly changing environment.
Perhaps it can offer us some clues about thriving within the inevitable changes within our own lives. Remembering that the water and the reflected views will return again with the twice daily tidal shift, we know that there will be another chance and that we needn’t fear the losses. We can be certain, that just like the beached boats, we will float again in the near future without having to do anything but wait. Our lives, like this tidal bay, will fill again even when we feel most empty.
A healing lesson from the ever shifting sea.