Lately, I have been under the “norm’ of change of seasons. Some people don’t ‘get’ it. Some people never will. But I am grateful for the ones who do. When you suffer from an auto-immune disorder plus post cancer, you quickly learn your body is NOT under YOUR control!
And so today, when I opened up a wonderful post from friend Srini Rao, who was the genius behind Instigator’s Experience last year that catapulted and encouraged and empowered those who attended, I knew I just had to share. Srini is a surfer, if you couldn’t tell!
Why do I feel compelled to share this? Because with his analogy of whitewater, maybe, just maybe you will “get” what it is walk a mile in my sandals. Blessings and s’mores: And here’s to the whitewater in your lives!!
“Sometimes it can seem like we are never going to get back to the take off point, like we are never going to catch another wave or regain the momentum that we have lost. We get tossed and turned while, taking wave after wave on the head. Surfers refer to this experience as the washing machine. We can’t seem to see which we way is up.
Everywhere we look, there’s nothing but whitewater. The minute we come up for air, there’s another wave about to pound us on the head. More whitewater. We paddle like hell and don’t seem to be getting too far from the shore, no matter how hard we try.
Somehow in the ebb and flow of the ocean, the waves calm down. The water glasses off. The whitewater finally stops and we get back to the take off point. We get a chance to go for another wave.
If we want to surf, we have to take waves on the head. We have to be able to handle the whitewater. Great waves come at a price. If we’re willing to pay the price we get to surf. If we’re not we stand on shore. The ones who keep surfing know that the whitewater will eventually stop. They know they’ll eventually resurface and return to the take off point.
In the most challenging periods of our lives, we’re usually in the whitewater. ” Srini Rao
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.