At the bottom of the wave …

… I’m going through an unhappy end to what had, until recently, been one of the happiest periods of my professional life. … but, of course,  there’s so much more to life than work … time for a change … I’ll escape, and soon I’ll rise again with the tide …

It’s just as Dorothy Whipple wrote:

“Life is like the sea, sometimes you are in the trough of the wave, sometimes on the crest. When you are in the trough, you wait for the crest, and always, trough or crest, a mysterious tide bears you forward to an unseen, but certain shore.”

(from Someone at a Distance)

Isn’t it wonderful what difference the right words can make?

Do you have a favourite quotation for times of trouble? Or maybe a book or a poem that you turn to?

26 responses

  1. Fleur, I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope that your next crest will be along soon.
    Thank you for the beautiful quote… so true and a lovely way to look at things. I can’t think of a quote right now and you’re right… so much more to life than work.

    • I’m sure it will – I have health, home, fiance, dog and and elderly mother to care for, all so much more important than work.

    • Thank you. I don’t feel too strong right now, but the rational part of my brain knows that I just have to get through a few difficult weeks and then things should be much better.

  2. I didn’t have anything before but I do now! That is lovely.

    Take strength and support from all of us who are thinking of you and wishing you all the best down the road…or on the wave. Take care.

  3. Hope this can be of some comfort to you…

    A Time for Everything.

    ” There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. ”

    (From The Bible – Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)

    Take care, while you wait out these tough times & prepare for the dawn of a new season. 🙂

    • Thank you. I know and love those words, but they wouldn’t have come to mind had you not taken the time and trouble to type.

  4. No quote from me either, but I do know what it’s like to have a job you have loved turn sour on you, so know that my thoughts are with you.

  5. That’s a great quote and definitely one to seek inspiration from. My favourite quote is ‘this too shall pass’ – always reminds me that no matter what I’m going through at the present time, there will be an end to it, and I will come out on the other side.

    I’m so sorry you’re going through a difficult time and I hope that this chance for change will be an unexpected benefit to your life rather than the painful end it currently seems.

  6. That is one of my favorite quotes.. even include it in my review a couple of years ago. Sorry to hear things are difficult at work right now… hope the change results in new, exciting opportunities.

    • Isn’t it lovely? I first pulled it out last year, when my friend and ex boss had just left work with stress related illness and I had to chair a meeting in her placeand needed a thought for the day. I felt right for her then, and I’m pleased to say that she came through and is in a much happier place now.

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