I was listening to one of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s audio books on my Libby app the other day. His voice is very calming and peaceful, and there’s something super cool to me (lately) about enjoying things that are FREE and FABULOUS. Like the Libby app with old books and old wisdom for me to devour.
Dr. Dyer was discussing how our personal histories are like the wake behind a boat.
My ears shot up at this analogy. With a fisherman for a husband, all boat, water, and fishing analogies somehow hit home. This fact makes me laugh because the angler himself generally reacts well to sports analogies……but, hey, whatever works for ya!
So this audio book, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, said something along the lines of this: our personal histories are like waves behind the boat we drive. They have no impact whatsoever on how we drove the boat; they are merely ripples in the water. The wake does not drive the boat, but merely falls behind it.
This is so powerful to me. And it offers so much peace. I wonder how long I’ve thought that wake had so much more to do with the person I am. Certainly, our experiences shape us, but they don’t have to weigh us down or define us.
I tried to think of all the horrible, terrible stories I’ve told myself.
“You’ll never be x because you’ve always been y.”
“Even as a child, I’ve always been so….”
“I can’t do that because I’m just….”
The list can, sadly, go on and on.
But it won’t. Because it doesn’t have to. And now that I’m more conscious of it, it simply will not.
It brings my heart so much peace. And I hope this little find brings you peace as well.
What brought you peace this week??? Share the peace!