We returned to Jupiter last Friday and took our first ocean walk on Saturday morning. We had left the Wednesday before Irma and wanted to see what everything looked like. We saw a lot of wind damage and in combination with the Harvest moon the tide was bringing in powerful waves to a beach that we walked twenty feet further away that our usual path. Walking by the ocean for me is my moments of Zen and believe me I needed it. I was angry about issues with my builders not getting construction done and the chaos of their business plans. I was angry about the state of the world as well as a White House that resorted to name calling at the slightest criticism. I was wondering if it would be safe ever again to go to a theater, a concert, a nightclub, or a sporting event. I wondered if we would ever have a civil discourse about items like bump stocks that allow an assault weapon to fire as fast as 800 rounds a minute. I was angry about the pollution from the release of Lake Okeechobee into the ocean and wondered why we are destroying the planet. If was no wonder that my meditation had been troublesome where I was so lost I couldn't even feel a smooth breath coming out from my body.
The I return to the ocean which for me had always been peace on earth for me so I could return to tranquility. As I watched the waves coming in they seemed loud and angry, then I noticed something else. Once they crashed on the sand they smoothed out and were powerful no more. Not only had they lost power but they quietly rolled back into the vastness of the Atlantic. For the first time in awhile my breathing returned to normal. I thought about anger like I thought about the waves. The power should dissipate and go back to the infinite space of the ocean if not the universe we live in. Hanging on to anger is not a good thing and as I approach my 70th birthday I can't remember a time since the divisive 60's where a country and a world was so polarized. Yes there is a place for anger of the righteous kind but what I see the most of is impotent rage, the kind that can kill on a massive scale.
It is time to see the dangers we face even in our business. If I look for it I can see bad things happening daily that I can complain about in real estate just like I can chose to to be angry about or let it go and do something about it that is positive. I wake up now and my morning meditation is visualizing the ocean and the powerful waves coming in. I focus on what makes me angry and I see those waves after they crash and roll back quietly and meekly and my anger is gone. When I stand my next thoughts are what can i do to make this world better even in the smallest way. I will repeat this daily. Peace.