Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy
Last week I had the time-consuming task of updating our family budget and cash-flow. It is a tedious process which I endure only for the sense of security it provides against any nasty surprises. This time around though as I studied the bottom line, I noticed an obvious trend occurring, and charted it. Here’s what it looked like:
Yep, day by day it just goes up and down. Money comes in, and money goes
out. If I wasn’t aware of the flow, then just looking at our cash balance on a down day could cause some panic. But there is a flow, a rhythm. A few days later the stock market crashed, and I saw the following graph of historical prices.
All ups and downs again. But as I contemplated this financial pattern I reflected on the natural world as well. What about temperature, rainfall, tides?
No surprises here – they all rise and fall over time. The world around us is full of ebbs and flows, and I realised, so are our lives. We have good days and bad days. If you are anything like me, Mondays are usually down and gloomy, and Fridays are usually upbeat, happy and hopeful. And we have whole times of life where we feel strong and free, and other times where we feel lost and scared. Our moods, health, energy, money, careers, creativity, productivity and family situations all always changing, cycling between highs and lows.
If this is the way life works, then I think there are two messages for us. First, if you live life riding the waves you are bound to get sea sick! We need to find ways to cultivate sense of peace within ourselves to flatten the external peaks and troughs. Being true to and having faith in ourselves can help calm the waves.
And second, we must trust in the flow. You may be down today, but it will not last. The flow will always come. The lowest ebb is always the point at which the tide turns and a new cycle begins.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Here is a little reminder from He-He to be at peace, and trust in the flow of life.