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Catalysts Talk about the Ocean

Catalysts Talk about the Ocean

After the Ignite retreat that took place in July and a few trips to the ocean, a couple Catalysts wrote blog posts about lessons they learned from the mighty body of water known as the Pacific Ocean.

Beth Derrick was first with her post, Welcoming the Waves of Change.

Then, Melissa Drake spent the weekend with Catalyst Stacy Jacobs, and got a lesson from Stacy's daughter while at the ocean. That brought about the post, Life Lessons from a 5-Year-Old Beach Beauty.

That spurred and idea and Beth suggested a collaborative post, "Shit the Ocean Schooled Us On."

Dawn Parker jumped right in a wrote her own post, Feeling the Flow of the Ocean and Relating to it as Kin

Marcos Cervantes III blew us away with his intimate accounting of One Foot in the Water, One Foot in the Sand.

Following are the contributions from the other Catalysts:

Grace Kim
The beach reminds me that we are but one moment in time. Before man discovered the beach for the very first time, its waves crashed and lapped the shores. And long after man is gone, it will continue to do what it has always done (given we don't completely destroy Earth).

Every time, I'm mesmerized by the waves that remind me I'm part of something much greater than just my life. I'm humbled by its vastness that I cannot comprehend - I can only surrender.

Tracy Blundell
Every day, with the new light the ocean changes. Waves can be gently lapping the shore or waves can be pounding and moving the sand beneath your feet. The colour of the ocean can make you squint as the sun reflects like sparkling diamonds in your eyes or the ocean can be grey and green or multiple shades of blue and brilliance. A sea of different colours with the white capped waves, and the darkness of different depths. The ocean can draw you in, and wash over you with a cleansing of your soul or it can engulf you, taking you to depths you never wanted to reach and have you grasping for breath. The ocean mysteriously hides an array of life, a world below, from above we cannot see. From the land, we catch glimpses of underneath, a dolphin, a fish, a whale surfaces or decides to perform with a surprise breaching. The ocean fascinates and with research into all things marine brings knowledge to our human existence. The repetitive sound of the waves hitting the shore whether big or small brings a calmness to so many, is it the earths' heart beating? As i look each day at the ocean in all its wonder, in its changing moods and behaviour I’ve learned, this is life, this is the ebb and flow, each day brings different conditions, different surprises, life rarely allows us to follow our well thought out put in place plans, life changes, just like the ocean. What I’ve learned from the ocean is possibly is to go with the flow. Am i just a drop in the ocean? Lol well, I am reminded by the ocean to remain humble, to remain grateful, to remain ready for change and enjoy the beauty.

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