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The tides of life against the shores of your soul.

[italic] “There is something profound happening between the ocean and the shore. This meticulous and constant filling and emptying resembles the rhythm of one’s individual life.[/italic]

[italic]When depression takes you over, it is as if the tide of your joy, your sense of life has withdrawn and will never return. At such a time you are marooned on a vacant shore, even the most simple gesture has to be deliberately achieved. The natural flow of spontaneity has ceased. In such times it is important to remember that the tide has merely gone out and with the certitude of the ocean rhythm, it will definitely return again and restore your old buoyancy.[/italic]

- John O’Donohue, [bold]Four Elements: Reflections on Nature[/bold]

The thread title is mine. The quote is something I randomly opened to after feeling compelled to pull the aforementioned book from my shelf. Just wanted to share.

by Anonymousreply 301/11/2021

I hope that is true. That used to be true for me. The tide would always return. But my tide has been out for a long time this time.

by Anonymousreply 101/11/2021

R1 What’s going on? Why do you feel that way?

by Anonymousreply 201/11/2021

Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks.

All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water.

And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river.

Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That’s it. That’s my heart.”

by Anonymousreply 301/11/2021
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