You know what I realised this morning. It’s easy to choose happiness and have a positive and upbeat attitude when everything is going smoothly and the seas are calm. But it’s more of a challenge when the waters feel tumultuous and grey clouds are overhead.
That’s how it seemed yesterday for me. The dark clouds have been lingering lately, like murky puddles in my mind. It hasn’t helped with things blowing up around me, physically and emotionally, then in the morning we had a minor accident while reversing the car.
It was nothing serious and no one was hurt but it was close to home, and it felt symbolic of my life. And things just went downhill from there. I lost it a bit. I went quiet for a while, and then I reflected. Then I took a deep breath, a really deep breath and I came up for air.
Internally I began remembering some of my own advice. I thought of what I have around me. The strength of my own world. It feels a bit frayed at the moment, cracked in places and needing a bit of repair but the foundation of my ship is strong. I know it just needs some TLC and maintenance on these imperfections to bring it back to good sailing.
The seas started to calm. Maybe I’m an okay sailor because I’ve managed to navigate myself out of a dark storm. By night time tranquil sailing and smooth waters had returned, with the help of pizza, red wine and dark chocolate. And family, of course.
I know that I’ll have to navigate more storms as I’m constantly out of the harbor. A peaceful state of mind and keeping afloat is ultimately up to me. But I also know I have a good crew on board and that together we’ll get through the roughest of weather.
May we all enjoy calm waters today. And if the troubled waters of life threaten to get us down, may they not drown us but cleanse us.
Enjoy your day and happy sailing.