This was originally written in August of 2017 shortly after a visit to Virginia.........
I packed my paddleboard knowing I would want to spend mornings out on the lake in prayer and taking in the energy of nature.
Being around water fills me, brings me peace and on this particular day, there wasn't a soul on the lake. All I could hear were the birds singing songs to one another. Can you picture it? The still air, calm water, and just the birds singing. Simple peace!
After about 45 minutes of paddling, I saw a boat far across the lake, in time the ripples made their way to me. I paused and took in the vastness of the ripples across the lake, there was nothing stopping them or interrupting them and they kept coming, small and then larger, rocking the paddle board.
It had me thinking of how we ripple across the paths of those we touch, family, friends, co-workers, connection, business connection, our children, partners and on and on. We ripple out and others ripple towards us. You never know what someone is going through and your ripple matters, the ripples you receive may be exactly what you needed at that moment.
In the midst of my hell, I had to receive the kind ripples of others, I am a giver and to receive was so difficult. Are you struggling with a tough situation in your life? Are you turning in? If so, is it to just grasp the magnitude of the situation or is it to hide?
When the pain is too deep, too confusing, so exhausting where do you turn? Do you need to reach out for help? Do you even know where to turn? Do you just need a hug or someone to talk to? I encourage you to reach out to others for love and support and maybe a piece of hope to help you take a small step in recovery and back to joy.
Keep your eyes and ears open and keep moving those feet forward. Take the step, I promise, you'll find what you need.
Rise Up into your beauty my sweet friend.