Ride The Wave
The other day, someone asked me. 'Shigeko, how's your summer going?' My answer was 'Intense!' It's been up and down, good and bad, hard, emotional and peaceful. It's like the wave of life right now.
My summer started with sad news. My heart has been very heavy since then. I found out that my best friend has stage III breast cancer. Last time I saw her was right before she left for Japan at the end of May. She was healthy and energetic as usual and going to enjoy the whole summer with her kids in Japan. But now she's staying there for surgeries, chemo therapy, and radiation for at least a year and a half. She is focusing on getting well as quick as possible, but I really miss her. It also made me think nothing is permanent, nothing.
There were some summer fun events. I visited the hottest place in the U.S. (a.k.a. Arizona!) in June for the first time. I thought I was going to melt every time I stepped outside, but the scenery was amazing. I've never seen that many cactus in my life! The mountains and the the view from the highway on the way to Sedona were absolutely gorgeous. All the voltages in Sedona were so powerful. And for the record, I drove outside of Colorado for the first time in my life, which I've never even imagined (Coming from Tokyo, driving is not my kind of thing...) I was always like - 'Me? Driving outside of Colorado? No way!' But it happened. I did it. Never say 'Never'.
My family visited me here in Colorado not too long ago. Even though it was a very short stay (It's crazy but they only stayed here for four full days), they had a hard time to adjust to the high altitude, and my studio flooded twice (Yes, twice... it's under construction right now) when they were here. But we still had a great time to visit each other. My father said he might be back before his passport expires in 2018 if he changes his mind. Again, nothing for sure.
Just like my summer, life can continuously bring us waves and tides. Sometimes it's emotional. Sometimes it's intense. Sometimes it's peaceful. Life is forever moving. The question isn't 'Can we stop the flow?' or 'Is it somehow broken?' We all have ongoing waves of experience in life - waves of joy, sorrow, fear and love. So the question is 'How can we ride the waves of life?' or 'How can we accept all waves, both good and bad? Right?
Some of the waves my not seem perfect, but all the waves are made of the same beautiful salt water as the perfect ones. They can be experienced and embraced just as fully. One of the things we can do is to be present so we can launch ourselves on every wave.
May we all be present so we can launch ourselves on every wave.