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The Waves in Life - a poem

Updated on February 7, 2014
Huntington Beach, CA Copyright @ Nick Wolf
Huntington Beach, CA Copyright @ Nick Wolf

The Waves in Life

Life is like swimming in the ocean

Think of the ocean as your life

You have two options:

You can choose to sink;

Give up and drown in life

Or you can choose to swim;

Endure life's pressures and carry on

Think of the ocean waves as the struggles you face in life

Sometimes the waves are big and scary;

Powerful and strong, pushing you around, filling you with anxiety and uncertainty

And it's hard to swim with all the pressure the waves cause

Other times the waves are small and mellow;

Easy-going, comfortable, filling you with self-confidence

And it's easier to bear, swim around, and carry on

You see, life is like that;

Life is filled with big, scary struggles

And small, mellow struggles

We all face struggles, day in and day out

Sometimes they are easier to bear and it's easier to "keep swimming"

Other times the struggles are so uncomfortable, confusing, and hard

That they cause you to feel like you're "drowning"

But you see, we have no control over the ocean

We can't control the ocean's movements

We can't control the size of the waves

We aren't God

Only the Creator of the Universe has the ability to control the ocean's movements

But we do have a choice to make while in it:

We can either endure the wave's pressure and keep swimming,

Or we can give up, quit, and drown

We cannot avoid the struggles that life brings,

And we don't have complete control over the struggles

But we have control in our reactions to our struggles

And we play a part in how these struggles will affect us

In life we have the opportunity to carry on and endure

Or we can make the choice to throw in the towel and give up

The latter isn't a smart decision,

Because life is painful and hard

But at the same time life is meaningful

And our time on this earth is very special

Each and every one of us has a purpose in this life

So, what will you choose to do when life gets hard and you feel the waves crashing into you?

-Nick Wolf 2/7/2014

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      Rose Maun 3 years ago from the sunny state of California

      Deuteronomy 30:19 "This day I call the heavens and the Earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. now choose life, so that you and your children may live." everyday we are presented with choices that can either harm or benefit us and it would be ideal if everyone chose the choices that would benefit them the most. So as my pastor says (he's a surfer) we can get back on the waves and ride them all the way through. :) -God bless thank you for this poem!