How often have you stepped into the shallow waters – feeling the warmth and tingling as the water moves through your toes and you feel the urge to walk further – yet something stops you?
Maybe you are reminded of a past challenge or trauma when you felt your foundation wasn’t strong enough and the undertow pulled you down. Maybe you felt like seaweed had wrapped around your ankles and there was no need to keep pushing further? Maybe it was just the unknown – the thought, belief or feeling like if you kept going; you may not be able to turn back.
Maybe as you stood and stepped into the shallow waters — the realization was just that – they were shallow and until you were ready to go deeper you had not met your true self – your unrealized potential – and all the obstacles and wonder that go with it. Building foundations are key – when we have them – we can jump out of the shallows for a moment – regroup and tiptoe back in. More important though, is to know we will ALL find our truth – our purpose and our destiny when we step into the deeper waters – and when we are ready for that. It takes time. And we are all working with different measures. Please do not judge your tiptoeing against someone else’s diving.
For all you know they leapt without a foundation to swim back to. Sometimes I feel If I could only scream from all the roof-tops so everyone could hear – that our resilience does not come from total strength and 100% confidence in solutions – but comes from the willingness and ability to break down – to be OKAY with starting in the shallows – to process acceptance and then to develop positive solutions, well I think I might just help hundreds.
In between the horrors of the past and the success of today or tomorrow lies a trap. That trap can be disguised in many ways; a trap to stay put and accept life as it is – a trap to push too hard for a new future when acceptance may be the better strategy – (at least for the time-being) – a trap that does not allow a person to be present enough with self and surrounding to feel the ground beneath her feet – to feel safe. So what to do to remedy that trap? – Well step into the shallow waters. Yes it is start – but a start that fuels the ebbs and flows of energy and awareness.
And from that awareness you can build a strong foundation to jump back onto when even the shallow waters feel too cold or too strong. Foundations are tremendously important. In a house when it cracks or sinks – the house eventually loses value – deteriorates and in worse case scenarios sinks or falls over. People are no different. As long as there is some foundation –you can look up – and keep moving. If you have no foundation – all you can do is go down—fall or sink.
Setting a foundation is the platform from what intentions, goals, strategies, dreams, and visions can be developed. And even if it does crack – so long as you are willing to explore the cause and seek support – it can be fixed and built up again. So set that foundation – start with your why – why you get up in the morning – who you would like to impact positively and then dare to step into those shallow waters. Eventually you will have the strength and capacity to go deeper always knowing you have a foundation you can return to.