Where The Waters Meet: A Different Way to Engage Conflict

My family and I got to visit Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands last weekend. Somehow, we lucked into the best October weather the Pacific Northwest ever sees. We assumed it would rain the whole time but we got beautiful sunny warm weather. Our family visited Spencer Spit State Park for a few hours and I stumbled upon a pretty cool little spot. This piece of land juts out into the water and almost touches another island. I was able to stand at the end and watch two sets of waves meet. They were flowing opposite directions. I couldn’t believe how peaceful and quiet the moment was.

As we all continue to figure out how to navigate a world with such polarities and extremes, may new ways of engaging conflict rise to meet us.

Where The Waters Meet

There is a place where one set of waves meet another You would think they would crash into each other with their own momentum and route and movement But they don’t Instead, the peaceful energy of one wave mixes with the opposing energy of the other No violence No clashing No selfishness No force Just ease Each wave melts into the other with serene comfort At this moment where the waters meet there is absolute peace Acceptance of opposing realities A compromising to each other As a new path emerges That only could appear When two rival energies meet And become something new There is a place where the waters meet If only our world would take note Of a different way to engage conflicting energies What if the thing so adamantly opposed Contains part of the new path forward? Is it possible the two opposing energies Could truly meet In non-violence In grace In love And listen to each other? This is where the waters meet