Last week my wife and I spent some time at the beach in Bandon Oregon. The weather was unseasonably sunny warm for the Oregon coast in late November. It was beautiful!
While in Bandon, we spent a lot of time walking on the beach. One thing to be mindful of at the beach is the tide. When the tide is out, there is so much to see and so much more beach available to walk on. However, when the tide comes in, what’s available to explore and the volume of beach to walk on is significantly diminished. We experienced that during high tide, when parts of the shoreline we walked during low tide were no longer accessible once the tide came in. Not to worry. We simply looked at our options, adjusted our high-tide walk and had a great time.
Our experience with the tides in Bandon made me think how we often have high tides in our lives; when things change and what was once a normal part of our life is no longer available. Sometimes these high tides are expected. Other times they’re not. Regardless, we get to choose how we respond to them. We can be angry and complain about what’s not available, or we can look with gratitude at what we still have available to us, make adjustments, and move forward.
That’s great news, because even when the tide comes in (as my recent walk on the beach reminded me) there are still plenty of options available to us. We just need to see them.