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Oceans for Emotions: Be content with yourself

July 14, 2010 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 16, 2010 at 2:16 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

It can take guidance to find contentment

By Elaine Wheat

"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content."

- Phillippians 4:11

I have just celebrated my 74th birthday and have arrived at a big decision to make - whether I wanted to be more important or just happier. Choosing right from wrong is not too difficult, but choosing between good and best can really drive you crazy.

Because talking things over with a good friend, who you can completely trust, can help with tough choices, I looked up my friend that has never failed me and began talking things over. I said, "Hi, Sea. I've come to talk to you, again."

After walking beside my sea friend and talking over the whole situation, I sat down on my sand chair to await its words of wisdom - its recommendation for my life.

As the ocean paused and sighed before answering, (I wonder if this is where counselors learned this), I began to just watch my ocean while I awaited my answer.

I watched its waves roll upon the shore as they have done since time began. They weren't really trying to go anywhere and were completely content to roll back and become part of what they were.

I stretched my sight to its horizon and saw that where the sea and sky met, each was satisfied to meet there, but not try to become what the other was.

I realized that every single molecule of water that combined to make up the whole sea had always been just that, a molecule of water, changing forms at times, but never changing its composition.

The ocean was completely happy to be what it was. It was complete within itself. It expressed no desire to be a babbling brook, a raging river or a dammed-up lake. It had already been those things and got over them. It seemed just delighted to be the sea.

Thank you, my friend, for your constant guidance.

Dear Lord, let me be me. I, too, have already babbled, raged and been dammed up enough in these last 74 years to accept the "I am-ness" of being just me.

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