EBB and FLOW
This term has been in my thoughts for a couple of days and for this heart, it is an excellent term from my perspective that is applicable to Life’s Journey.
In many ways, at least for this heart, it signifies why exercising Gratitude Daily matters.
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EBB and FLOW
In reflecting on this past month, it has been some days that required effort, work in reminding myself of all that is good along my journey, taking an intentional pause, considering, and intentionally exercising the blessing of life that is in my possession right now, to override thoughts that create weighted moments, that offer a tray of anxiety, or moments throughout the day that can include direct experiences in our backyard that challenge our joy, or want to rob our peace within, and some moments can include being the direct result from the words and actions of someone else around us. From the smallest things to the largest things, to subtle things, whatever creates a weight, a heaviness to a precious gift of a New Day, is robbing hours of our peace, from our day.
EBB and FLOW
What is the meaning, a definition of EBB and FLOW, in looking up the term, there were various offerings that serve this share.
The phrase originated with the tides. The verb "to flow" describes the tide coming toward land, while the verb "to ebb" describes the tide as it recedes back to the sea.
The Tides, EBB and FLOW, for me add to the Chapters of our Life, the pages that our words and our actions “are writing” every day, whether we are in tune with that or not. A New day offers changes, no matter who we are, what we have, what we believe or don’t, what we hope for or not, Every single day offers changes, I didn’t say a good or bad change, the words “changes”
Living with Gratitude starts the day with Balance, It allows us to see the Beautiful that exists, the Sunshine, or the Sounds of Rain, the loved ones who we have in our life “this day”, the hobbies we enjoy, all those things that represent “joy” in our day is what we have and that Heart Matters.
When changes are presented that are painful, that are disappointing, and can at times be overwhelming, we do the work, and we draw closer to our Creator, to God to bring those concerns, and as we seek the Wisdom of God, as we go through, press through to heal in the midst of, we recognize that we operated in Gratitude, we used Gratitude as our Foundation and Focus "especially in the midst of" we paused and decided our Words, our Actions, before we continued, and or responded. When we fall short, getting drawn into, participating in confusion or drama, even then we can decide to not allow time to linger, to say I’m sorry for the part we added, and we take accountability for addressing any part we made in played in a given situation.
EBB and FLOW
EBB and FLOW allows us to recognize the patterns of Change, we are not surprised by it. In fact, because of it, we make a point to bring our best selves to every moment and we confront it immediately when we miss it.
Gratitude is the Intent, and EBB and FLOW remind us of the cycle of change. When we are exercising in this way, we are setting ourselves up to rob Regret, to remove the traps of “if only I had said or If only I had done”
We all fall short, no matter how much we are aware and sometimes we lose the opportunity to make it better, but we still have room to Heal, If we have Life we have an opportunity. There are resources and you are never walking alone, The home page of “Helping Build Bridges Across” offers a video with resources, if you are in that pattern of burden, and need help. The Video is “You Are Never Walking Alone” and it offers resources that can aid in your healing process, be sure to watch the video, to use it, and or share with someone who could benefit from the resources.
For this Heart, the work is living balanced making the Focus to Start the day with Gratitude, when things knock to take the focus away, the exercise is to be keenly aware and to decide the emotion in the driver’s seat, to work through what is Good, what is a Blessing “over and against” the thoughts that try to rob, to question, to work against joy.
This exercise is not Magic, it is not just thinking good thoughts or ignoring areas that need to be addressed, it is “choosing” the Focus, It is recognizing that we, revise, take action on, to stand and draw from our Faith, to address our checklist and to do all that but we know to do, if and when things are beyond our control, we set aside those things, until we do know, and we regain and continue our Focus on our list of all that is wonderful. We have Life and that means we have opportunity to appreciate Beautiful, to be Grateful for "this day"