Andre Gide’s quote embodies all the emotions associated with faith, confidence, love, change, fear, courage and happiness.
Man cannot discover new oceans
In a sense, every day, every opportunity, every relationship, every obstacle and every goal are new oceans. The beginning of anything is a new ocean – vast, unknown and full of wonderful opportunities.
unless he has the courage
I have often said that I was a wimp and really believed it. At the time, the whole reason I wanted to give birth to Alyssa without drugs was to prove that I wasn’t a wimp. I don’t know why I’ve always felt that I am perceived as wimpy, but I did have that view of myself and I have been trying to prove otherwise my whole life.
So when embarking on anything new, one must have courage. What is courage? According to the American Heritage Dictionary, courage is:
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
Ahhh…It is that unseen, but felt thing that pushes us onward and forward when we aren’t sure of what will happen next. Examples of a few times in life when we need courage to continue would include:
- Starting a new job
- Giving birth
- Being a parent
- Falling in love
- Speaking in public
- Overcoming serious illness
- Starting a business
- Publishing a book
The last line of Andre Gide’s quote sums up the reason that courage is needed.
to lose sight of the shore.
The shore. The safe haven. The constant. The dependable. The reliable. The known.
Changing our circumstances brings about an ocean of unknown which precipitates excitement, challenge and fear. Because of the fear factor, courage is needed in order to meet the challenge with excitement because sometimes the shore is not visible.
As we age, life gives us all unique experiences from which we learn or we don’t learn. Either way, the experiences and emotions associated with them affect the way we feel and react to new opportunities. We can call all the stuff “baggage,” but that gives a negative connotation and I believe that the knowledge we have gained by living is all positive. Knowledge is, after all, power.
Our past got us to the place we are now. It is what has made us who we are and helps determine where we are going, how we will get there and who we will be with on the journey. So I don’t see the past as baggage. I see the past as priceless pearls of knowledge. Just like a real pearl found inside of an oyster, every person’s past has molded them into a one of a kind gem.
Release the sadness of the past and hold onto the knowledge.
Have you ever sat by the ocean and listened to the crashing waves on the beach? If you’ve never had the opportunity, there is a calming yet electric power that embodies everything from the sound of the splashing waves, silkiness of the soft warm sand, and salty air to the huge stretch of the horizon. Sitting in the midst of this powerful place on our beautiful planet, I feel free, calm, tranquil and filled with peace.
I wish when I embark on a new ocean, I could feel the same emotions I feel while sitting next to the real ocean – free, calm, tranquil and filled with peace. That’s where courage comes into play. With courage, we can have those same feelings when we start something new. The secret of embodying those emotions is a belief in self. Think about it…you got yourself to this point, so surely you can and will get yourself to the next point, so you might as well have peace about the whole journey.
This is one of my new goals – embodying the feel of the ocean when immersing myself into new oceans.
While you’re surfing, let the following video of the ocean play in the background. You will find that it is not only peaceful to the soul, but invigorating to your mind and creativity. The ocean is divinely magnificent.
Where do you go to feel this type of peace?