No matter how happy you are at home, a change of scene now and then lifts the soul and offers a new perspective on the everyday humdrum… Last week was Spring Break for Dragon and Peach, so we UpLifted Housers hit the road. Guitar Man has peeps in Jax, FL, and as it’s a long but doable one-day drive, it’s a fairly regular destination for us. We spent two days with family, then headed to the beach at St. Augustine.
The sky was bright blue and sunny, the ocean was frigid – at least to Guitar Man and me – yet the kids grabbed their boogie boards and ran headlong into the waves. From my comfy beach chair in the warm sand, I spent hours watching our two and loads of other kids body surfing and boogie boarding. It struck me that catching waves is a lot like the life I’m learning to live.
To catch a good ride, you need to be prepared… are you in the right place? Do you know what to do when a good wave comes along? Do you even know what a good wave looks like? And then there’s the timing. If you wait too long, the sweet spot sweeps by, and you miss your chance. If you jump onto your board too soon, the wave could overcome you, churn you into the surf and leave you spitting sand and saltwater… No, to get the best ride, you need a sturdy board, and you also need to know which waves are big enough to carry you in, which ones are too small to bother with, and which ones are better left alone. Then you need to gauge the precise moment when you ought to jump on and start paddling for the shore. It doesn’t need to be frantic, just well-timed and smooth, and if everything is aligned, it’s easy. You don’t need to work at it – it just flows, and you flow along with it. And once you catch it, savor every minute of it, the way Dragon did after a particularly good ride, when he shot up onto the beach at my feet, looked up and yelled over the roar of the Atlantic, “THAT was epic!”
Some of you might be wondering what the heck I’m talking about… it’s the Law of Attraction, with gratitude, help from angels and some meditation tossed in for good measure. In case you aren’t familiar with the LOA, it is one of the Universal Laws, and one of the biggest influences of the journey I’m on. The LOA says in short, that like attracts like, that you get what you focus on, whether it’s something you want or not. Sadly, most of us tend to focus on what’s wrong or lacking in our lives. Lately, I’m making it a point to focus on the good and the positive, like noticing the daffodils poking their heads up in our yard during a recent spring snow squall, or watching my children play on the beach and being grateful for the chance to do so. And putting all this positive thought into action is bringing my wave and me together.
If things aren’t working for you right now, try focusing on whatever good you can find around you. Turn off the news (where there is rarely anything good or positive) and take a walk. Notice the stars from your porch at bedtime. Have lunch with a friend, or smile at a stranger. And if you’re fortunate enough to be at the beach, catch some waves. Then say, “Thank You, Universe!” and see if life isn’t suddenly better.
It might even be epic.