Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Surfer and his Leash

And now, to put the "H" in holistic Educator:

When I was a bit younger, I use to live on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawaii, or what was known as the 7- mile miracle, because of the continuous world-class beach breaks. I can recall many times surfing 6-8 foot swells, when all of a sudden, a 10 foot monster wave (very small for Hawaii) comes from far off and there is no chance that I can get out of the danger zone. If you know what your doing, you first swallow your fear, hold it down there, then focus on following surfer protocol.  Fear clouds your mind, influences erratic decision making, and wastes time. I know that when one see's a wave like that coming in, you have to do the very thing you don't want to do: swim toward the wave. As someone who has done a great deal of surfing around the world, I can tell you that your first instinct is to run toward the shore. But you don't want to do that. Instead, you need to swim toward the wave and try to go under it or over it.  . . . Moreover, if you are paddling out and the wave picks you up, the worst way to go is backward, which I have done. You can get so disoriented that you don't know which way is up. And more than one person has drowned because they didn't know which way was up. They went down when they should have gone up, and the outcome was fatal. . . . So the best thing to do if you find yourself in this situation is to grab the leash that is attached to your ankle and pull on it. Then go in the direction of the leash. Why? That leash is attached to your board, your board is buoyant, and it will be on the surface. So even if it goes against the logic of the moment, follow your leash to the top. . . . In life, it may be, if I am allowed to say, that the Word of God is a little like that on a surf board. When we are feeling overcome by trials and difficulties, it will lead us to the surface where we can get the proper perspective on what is really happening.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV): "Be Still, and know that I am God."

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