What is life? Some say life is short, others say life's a gamble but most say life's a bitch and then you die. Personally I think life is what you make it. A constant ebb and flow of ups and downs. Honestly there has to be turmoil to truly understand and appreciate the feeling of joy. A vacation only seems rewarding because it comes at the heels of hard work.
It's a time to relax and reflect.
The beach is actually one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. It has several moving parts that makes it challenging to live there but beautiful at the same time. Some days there's pouring rain, extreme heat and high tides but all these things are necessary and the reason why we go. When you apply these same circumstances in everyday life they symbolize a new beginning. The pouring rain washes away past pains, the extreme heat tests us to see if we are worthy of the place that God is putting us in and the high tide washes up to remove the things around us that we no longer need.
See, life is actually a beach!
If you properly channel your potential and priorities you can achieve anything, be whatever you want or go anywhere you desire. As people we get so caught up in the day to day grind of life that we consistently miss the small things. We take for granted being able to walk, talk, love each other and the most important of all is that God woke us up this morning.
So when things seem to be going all wrong just focus on everything that's going right because somewhere someone didn't get the opportunity for a new day.
Treat your life the same way you do your beach vacation. When it's raining you don't cancel your day, you alter your plans and make adjustments. When it's 100 degrees outside you don't stay inside, you put shades and swimwear on and walk through the heat because it makes the water that much more enjoyable.
This is the same mindset we must have about life, the ability to make it enjoyable no matter what the circumstances are.
The beach is a fun place to visit but for the people who stay there it's not a vacation they have the same day to day grind as you. To them the beach is not always pretty; they deal with tropical storms, floods and hurricanes.
See most people don't mind fighting storms as long as it's not their own. You don't have to go to the beach to stick your feet in the water, feel the wind blow through your hair or eat an extravagant meal.
Your beach is in your mind, take it with you wherever you go.
When something stresses you imagine that you're laying on the sand with the wind blowing through your hair. When times are tough let your mind take you to the water and let the sound of the waves relax you.
Lil wayne once said " Life is a beach, I'm just playing in the saaaaand!"
I don't know about you but I got my swim trunks on building a sandcastle. Always remember there's nothing more valuable than a piece of mind. So go revel in the face of adversity and be humble in success because to whom much is given much is tested.