Water is an essential part of my life and a great teacher to me.

I cherish going to the beach, as it empowers me.  You may have guessed this through the theme of my blog. I look at the mighty rocks on the shore that stand firm despite the waves which persistently crash against them. The intensity of the tide will vary; and the rocks will be shaken, depending on the water’s strength.

One may think the water will always win; I disagree.  The water cannot be controlled, but the strength of the rocks can.  The rocks don’t give up, knowing that soon the tide will give way and the crashing will stop for awhile.  

In life, there will constantly be waves crashing at you and trying to get you to be something that you are not.  You cannot control the behaviours of others; but, you can control your’s and how you react to the situation.

Sometimes in my life I have felt like the rock, with the constant crashing of the waves against me. In the past, I hid my talent, myself, and my voice, because I didn’t want to stand out and be judged. I used to try to avoid the crashes, but now realize this isn’t the smartest technique. I can’t wait for the tide to go out permanently, as the ebb and flow of the tides is universal and will never stop. However, I am not letting the crashing stop me from following my journey. I am standing strong against the persistent waves. I stand tall & speak from the heart.

Even a strong rock has the ability to eventually crumble to the sand if the waves don’t stop. You can’t control what people will say to you. You can control, however, how you will react: if you will crumble or stand firm and persevere being you. Individuals also need to a community of rocks to hang out with to help dissipate the power of the waves.

You cannot control what will happen to you or how you will be treated by others. You CAN control, however, how you react to the situation. Learning how to do that in a POSITIVE manner is key. 

Life will be hard work; you will doubt, and your dreams may take some time to achieve, but go after your dreams with your whole heart! Believe in yourself and speak up! Don’t ever get distracted by critics.

I could not have remained steadfast to my dream all on my own, even though I thought I could. I humbly declare that you can’t fulfill your dreams by yourself. You need to reach out to others for help. Life is more fun working with, and learning from, others.

This community will help us all develop: the courage to dream & the resilience to turn those thoughts into action!

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Thank you for reading and your presence at this beach retreat. You Rock!

See you at the beach!

- Arianna