I’m currently on a deep dive into the world of marketing, finalising and planning the launch of my book. This is my first book and so marketing/promoting/launching is new to me and it’s taking me out of my comfort zone.
At times, I feel like I’m swimming in the ocean without a compass, feeling and guessing which way to go. At times I’m kicking up against the current of my own resistance.
In scuba diving as in life, there’s a time to kick against the current, a time to turn around and flow with it, and a time to get your reef hook out, hook onto a rock and let the rope keep you suspended in place while the current washes around you.
My resistance may be strong, but my intuition tells me that I must learn these new marketing and promotion skills and so this a time to hook in.
The ocean has been one of my greatest teachers. I’m so grateful that I have the ability and privilege to have scuba dived in many wonderful places. If you are unsure of what to do, stay, go, wait, fight, I hope this short poem-story from the sea will help you tune in and guide you.
The current becomes even stronger.
We should follow its pull outward
except it will take us off the pinnacle
and into deep blue sea.
So we kick and we kick against it
fighting for each metre forward
only to be pushed back half as far by the swell.
We use our reef hooks to attach ourselves to a rock
so we can watch the grey sharks be nibbled clean
by wrasse at the cleaning station
without constant kicking and swimming and fighting the current
only for another group of divers to move straight towards them
and scare them away.
A common mistake.
Sometimes to get really close to what you desire
you must sit and wait
and let it come to you.
Timing is everything
especially down here
20 metres below the surface
in this aquatic world
where even the fiercest creatures can be shy
and startle easily.
There's a time for everything
to move towards, to move away,
to fight against, to go with the flow
to sink down, to rise up,
to change or surrender your plan
to stay where you are and wait
and bide your time.
Your intuition will guide you.
And it is always the right time to pay attention,
to surrender what you think and watch.
If you do, the sea will show you her ways.
With love and courage,