Here’s the best part about the ocean.
When you get into the water, you can’t make anything happen. All you can do is adjust to what the ocean is already doing.
That’s what happens when you’re at the mercy of a force much larger than your fragile little bag of bones. Humility is instilled into you, whether you like it or not.
Hamilton, the pioneer of big wave surfing, said it best:
Anyone not humbled by the power of the ocean should take a good, long look at a fifty foot wave. If you don’t have respect for a wave, it’s only a matter of time before the ocean teaches you to get some. We’re all equal before the wave.
The ocean, of course, is a metaphor for something much bigger and abstract. Call it nature, god, the universe, higher power, metaphysics, the cosmos, whatever.
Woe unto those of us who act contrary to its spirit.
No matter how big and strong and clever we think we are, we’re all just stepping into the ocean, waiting for the wave to humble us. The word current says it all. It derives from the word corant, which means the flow of electrical force.
But it also means belonging to the present time. Right now. The place where we can’t make anything happen. Where there’s nothing to change or improve upon.
We show up, surrender to what the water is already doing, hang on to our boards and enjoy the ride.
Koontz summarized it best in his definition of the human condition:
Survival and sanity depends upon our embracing pain rather than resisting it or dreaming of escape.
Take a chance and dance with the current.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Do you struggle to make progress against the resisting mass of the entire sea?