Sleepless in Spain
I woke up last night from all of the noise on a very busy Santiago. Since I was leaving the next day on my walk to the sea, all I could do was to lie in bed and think. My thoughts moved like the tide, moving constantly to a rhythmic pattern of both sound and breath. I do so love to go to the beach and see, feel, and hear the waves don´t you?
My thoughts wondered onto the thoughts of the energy of both the actions and thoughts of – yes and no- Thinking of yes I thought of the wave breaking just a few feet from shore and I am sitting ever so slighting in the water, feeling the wave as is caresses me, welcomes even beckons me to join. Seeming effortless and yet so powerful. I wondered if this was what the phrase – turning the other cheek means? Then the thought of no felt like standing in the sea where the wave was breaking – pushing and pulling me. Out to sea? Closer to shore? Just the constant push and pull – never resting. More energy was exerted by both the wave and myself. The wave needed to break and I needed to stand.
So often I find myself caught between yes and no. Trying to decide which way to go… standing in the breaking waves. Trying to focus only on the answer not realizing that if I moved just a few feet either way peace would be mine. I realized that as long as the waves crashed on me there was no way I could come to any answer either way as my focus was only on the push and pull. Never on the solutions. So by moving either way I am still in indecision but at peace. For when peaceful I can find the right answer without forcing it either way. I have come to believe that if I am in the middle then that’s where I should be- in the middle – neither yes nor no. Buy standing in safer water I can enjoy the joy, peace and serenity that the water bring to me.
Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.
Bonnie is Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years.
She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.
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