Weekly photo challenge: State of Mind – Safe Harbour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Check out more of The Daily Prompt’s State of Mind entries here.

 


57 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: State of Mind – Safe Harbour

  1. I am glad you’re OK, Miriam 🙂 You must be OK because in 1-2-3-4-5 years I want to visit you :))
    Yes, sometimes we navigate on tumultuous seas and storms scare us, but we have to keep the head up and keep going. If we let this events to disturb us life will be hard.
    Have a beautiful Sunday, Miriam!

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  2. Such a beautiful post! You have to trust everything will be OK in the end. Accept what is then try to do the simplest, yet probably one of the hardest things, and that is to let go. Life really does feel like navigating through water…I read once a perfect analogy of this on Humans of New York.. It said:
    “If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
    “When a wave comes, go deep.”
    “I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one.”
    “There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to match the circumstances. And that’s how you get through the wave.”
    I hope calmer waters come your way, Miriam.

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    1. You are so right. At times I feel like I’m drowning and barely keeping myself afloat, even though I appear okay on the outside there’s so much turmoil inside me. I love your analogy, a lot of truth there that I need to take to heart and act on. Thank you so much. xo

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      1. I truly believe it is those times of turmoil , when we feel like we are drowning that transform us the most, that shape us, that define who we become…stronger and more resilient… There is a sense of freedom in that, that we have a choice in who we become…I don’t think life will ever painless, but I think we get much, much stronger. Sending you all the healing and strength. You will get through it all and come out whole and perfect as deep down you already are. xo

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  3. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    We all need a Safe Harbor where we can speak our mind & know that no one will attack us for our opinions, no matter how different than the norm!
    Peace, love & peace no matter what is happening out THERE,
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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  4. Oh don’t! My son was shunted from behind whilst parked on a hill earlier this week, into the back bumper of a not so happy taxi driver. 😦 The good news is, James is ok. My mood certainly crumpled that day as anxiety ran riot. I can be up and down from one minute to the next anyway. You’d think after all these years I’d have a handle on how to steer a steady course. Ha! Wishing you much peace and joy in the years ahead. 🙂

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    1. Oh, sorry to hear that Jo. Definitely not a good week for your son, or you for that matter, by the sounds of it. At least he was okay. Thanks for your good wishes, I wish the same for you – peace and joy and all good things (including safe driving). xo

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