Life’s Tsunamis – Haiku and more
Waves of destruction
Water subsides new plants bloom
Will subdues hardships
A tsunami takes many forms. A storm’s huge wave surge can wipe away home, a lifetime of memories, and physical life. But, a disease, end of a relationship, or the unexpected loss of a job can hit with the force of a tsunami. We can meet these tsunamis with despair, defeat, and blame becoming victims of forces beyond our control. Or we can, as a friend wrote to me, see them as bridges to a new place in our life. We can create a fresh and positive situation with strength gained from surviving our personal tsunami and wisdom from lessons learned in the process.
As I believe that death is the ultimate wonder, these passing tsunamis are just that, passing challenges for me to walk over or through as I continue to journey toward life’s culmination. So, I may turn the other cheek, make lemonade, or say “shove it” but I know that the ups and downs I experience are just lessons toward attaining enlightenment. And our dreams and nightmares all disappear when heart and mind unite in the awareness of the indomitable freedom of awakened consciousness.
Beautiful attitude, beautifully expressed. Thank you. I’m about to make some lemonade myself. Cheers!
Your reflections were eloquently expressed, Skywalker. In retrospect, some of the most difficult times in my life have turned out to be blessings in disguise. Too bad we can’t just skip the tsunamis and go right to the enlightenment, though. Wishful thinking, I know.
Thanks, Jeff. But, even the Buddha had to travel and endure hardships for years before he decided to sit under the tree. 🙂
Beautifully written and very insightful. The comments are interesting too. Maybe one way to enlightenment lies through the tsunamis. Life’s upheavals are usually what makes us question life and seek deeper meanings.
Thanks Suzanne. And you are so correct about how we handle tsunamis can contribute to enlightenment.