Simplistic as it might be to suggest we should just "go with the flow", spending enough time by the sea teaches you the wisdom behind what is often viewed as a mere cliche.
The pitch and toss of daily events hurled towards us frequently have us conditioned into robotic response of problem solving and worrying; we all plead guilty. We listen to the news, absorb all the details of the government shutdown, daily crimes, the economic situation and our specific personal issues -- Soon we are dry docked in our own preoccupations.
I return to memory of the loon as it patiently waited upon the tide to carry it back out on the water when it lay dry docked on the sand; if only we could be as adaptive as the loon, feeling no need to struggle as much against what is not going our way, connected to a sort of surrender to something beyond our own willful intents.
The more time I spend by the ocean the more I am able to understand the importance of practicing less resistance to the changes of life which can unravel us, to things or situations over which we have no control and yet insist upon getting upset over.
I watch the ebb and flow of the sea and I am intent on one thing: becoming that fluid and less fixed. Not that intent and aim are not important, but in some cases, release seems the better alternative, at least from where I am sitting on the dune, noticing how facile it all is -- nothing is opposing the highs and lows here. Balance exists in that itself.
Of course soon I will return home and "real life" replete with all that it entails and I may well return to struggling with things again.
But for today, I think I will stay with the tides.