Ebb

: the reflux of the tide toward the sea
: a point or condition of decline

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Ebb (n.): Old English ebbafalling of the tide, low tide,” perhaps from Proto Germanic* af– (cognates: Old Frisian ebba, Old Saxon ebbiunga, Middle Dutch ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe), from Proto-Indo-European root, apooff, away.” Figurative sense of “decline, decay, gradual diminution” is from the late 14th century. Ebb-tide is from 1776.

*Proto-German: meaning hypothetical prehistoric ancestor of the German language.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, prolific American poet, linguist, and educator; best known for writing “Paul Revere’s Ride,” The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline)

Bio Source:

www.hwlongfellow.org/life_overview.shtml

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”

Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising executive, and politician; served as a U.S. Republican Congressman from New York, 1937-1940.)

Bio Source:

bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000211

“As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion, so it seems that in all branches of industry, alternating currents – electric wave motion – will have the sway.”

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, Serbian American, inventor, engineer and physicist, made dozens of breakthrough in the production, transmission, and application of electric power.)

Bio Source:

www.history.com/topics/inventions/nikola-tesla

“For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.”

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet, essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe)

Bio Source:

www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/charles-baudelaire

Meditation

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living.  Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope.  And out of hope, progress.”

— Bruce Barton

As we close the year, do you not feel the weight of the world as we ebb and flow?  Collectively, our tides are turning and the past is rolling gently back to the cosmic sea, purifying newly created shores for us to tread.

There’s a new world beyond the majestic dunes, in which we must climb over in order to see.  This is by design.  The future is a great surprise.   But in order to see, experience, and understand the Divine Order of All that Is we must continue forge ahead and to spiral out in the Dance.

Although it has been a super challenging year we have a lot of lessons to list and contemplate.  There are so many gifts and blessings to count, even if it’s our strength and tenacity to grow and evolve.

What an absolute privilege to be a part of this journey and have extraordinary lives on this beautiful planet.

Stay hopeful, sojourners!  It’s a new day.

Much Love, Tonya

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