On a recent Saturday afternoon I decided to grab my two boys and head for the beach. The beauty of late fall in Northern California is that it is generally still warm enough to dip your toes in the waves and walk along the beach. Something that would be out of the question in Oregon this time of year.
My 5 year old was splashing in the puddles and I had my 1 year old in my arms allowing the gentle in and out of the waves to cover just above my ankles. The water was clean and clear on this beach and the rhythmic back and forth of the grains of sand, small shells, and weathered pebbles were clearly visible.
I fixed my eyes on one particular pebble though. It was a vibrant and deep black color and had been rounded off to almost a wheel like consistency. However it still had some irregularities that made it jump and bump as it rolled in and out with the rushing water. “Round enough”, I thought.
How many of us stopped the difficult process of personal growth when we reached a round enough point. When we honed our skills and abilities to accomplish the task at hand do we reach a point of complacency that states “good enough”?
How much more smoothly would our lives move if we continued to do the hard work of rounding off our imperfections, creating the optimal and well rounded life necessary to provide stability, vision, direction, and security for those we lead?
Life has its ins and outs and we are pushed along the way, sometimes beyond our control. The key is to set our paths in such a way that we can respond rather than react and move with the current rather than be broken by the resistance or crushed by the waves.