There is an ebb and flow to virtually all things. It is nature’s way. The tide must go in to come out, our favorite Season builds slowly and leaves briskly. (Our least favorite seems to last forever.)
We are nature and so it is the same for us. Though, it can seem as though we should be able to produce results constantly, steady climbs are not without their fallbacks. As humans, we often resist our nature and so we can feel that if we are not flowing, we are failing.
This summer I expected that, with some extra time and an infusion of sunlight, I would be inspired to write and write plenty. But I had nothing. All ebb, no flow. I tried to sit myself down and just write anything. All I managed were several fractions of a blog, none of which added up to a whole.
Though my usual tendency would be to plunge into a rabbit hole of fear that I will never again have a worthwhile idea, this time something interesting happened. I didn’t crawl into a hole, I actually climbed out of one.
Unable to rely on my muses (and my solitude) for expression, I started to engage with people more attentively. I had to speak my words rather than write them and, though I got tongue-tied more than I wished, this was an enchanting activity.
I began to revel in asking questions, concerning myself less with knowing answers (turns out I really like to know answers).
Taking a break from looking inward, I found there was so much to see outside. Unimpressed with what I already knew I sought to learn and learn and learn. What a respite from myself it turned out to be, enlightening too.
I didn’t realize that I had been walking around a little closed off. I didn’t know the blinds were drawn until they were opened.
No wonder I had so little to write about!
As is often the case with the unexpected, it looped around on itself. In looking out I gained a clearer perspective of what’s inside.
So I encourage you to embrace the ebb! It probably means that something else is flowing or getting ready to flow. Ride the wave, or maybe climb out of the water and onto the sand and take a look around. Listen. Seek enrichment in unexpected places. Reach out. Trust that where you are is, truly, where you are meant to be.