Lessons From The Waves

It is exhilarating. It is stimulating. It is fascinating. It is magical. It is calming. It communicates with you….

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? 

–Ralph Marston

Watch the waves. Watch the small waves, and watch the large waves. Watch them coming in on the shore untiringly. Watch them slipping out. What do we really see? We see the passion. We see the energy. We also wonder about the purpose of the non-stop motion of the waves.

Many of us have watched the waves so many times that we don’t pay attention to this passion. This passion can teach us a lot.

Waves have the undying passion of meeting the shore. They never get tired doing that. One after another, they keep on coming. They keep on smashing on the shore and then subsiding. Then comes another wave. This goes on and on. Many of us have watched the waves so many times that we don’t pay attention to this passion. This passion can teach us a lot. If you do not have the opportunity to physically see waves in action, you can easily download some videos of waves. Watch them from time to time. You will slowly get that visual of waves associated in your mind with unceasing passion.

The first “passion” we see from watching waves is not getting tired. Waves don’t get tired. They have a job to do – meet the shore again and again. They keep on and on, day in and day out. When we have a job to do, we must behave like that. We should work towards our goals and work without getting tired. Undoubtedly, being humans we will surely get tired, perhaps disappointed, perhaps frustrated,  but the visual of waves will remind us that we have work to do, goals to achieve and we should continue despite all the tiredness.

The second “passion” we see, is work without ceasing. Have we seen waves taking a small break? Never. Similarly, we should passionately work towards a goal, we have to keep that passion on, all the time. Every moment that passion must drive us. No other thought but our passion. Great work is done only with such passion. You can even achieve the impossible with this kind of passion.

The third “passion” is passion itself. Waves are passionate to meet the shores. They think of nothing else but the shore. Similarly, we must develop a passion for something. Love creates such passion. Romantic love can do that and so can the love for human beings like Mother Teresa had. Develop a passion for something.

Whatever may be your occupation, if you develop a passion for excellence, you will get unbelievable results. Let us develop that passion. Let us say – ‘I will passionately work in a manner so that I am satisfied only with the best results. I will keep this passion on forever in my work. I will do everything with passion and will make sure that I achieve great results.

Each one of us has special talents that can make this world a richer and better place. Serve people by showing them how beautiful life can be when you live passionately exploring it with your talents. I have always believed that one of our purpose in life is to help others. I am blessed that I have achieved much in my own life by serving others. It brought me happiness knowing I was helping other people and, in turn, it brought me peace and happiness.

Someone once said, “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”

Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond. 

–Jessy and Bryan Matteo

Take inspiration from the passion of waves and you will be motivated to achieve success, great success.

Life is a series of waves to be embraced and overcome.

–Danny Meyer


Jonathan Solomon
Jonathan Solomon
JONATHAN is a Finnish citizen of Indian origin and in the early 70’s was one of the very few “foreigners” to be granted a full construction license in Finland. Concentrating solely on the upper market and by identifying very talented architects he not only built exclusive homes in one of Europe’s most difficult countries, but also designed and crafted unique bespoke furniture specifically suited for these homes. He has been involved in various projects in over 20 countries. He is the Executive Trustee of an American Foundation involved in humanitarian projects. He brings his international experience and cultural understanding to create new exciting design solutions to satisfy even the most discerning Client. His clients include celebrities, VIP from the various segments of society and from the hospitality industry. He has managed an international interior design studio responsible for both residential and corporate projects and implemented numerous furniture procurement contracts.

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  1. You have described one of the reason I am drawn to the water and the study of waves when I paint. Nature is filled with patterns that we can learn from. It’s one of the many reasons I believe that the best way to break through to our creative energy and meaning is by breaking free from the walls that entrap many “creatives” in Corp USA. Thank you.

    • Thank you Raissa… the waves we see along the seaside and the oceans once started as a simple ‘ripple’ and then expanded to what it is today. Admiring these majestic waves of all shapes and sizes, we have to just let the waves carry us where the light can not.

      “Each kiss of an ocean wave is passed along, as long as there is life on and in the seas.”
      ― Anthony T. Hincks

    • Dear Larry, Thank you most kindly for your encouraging words – deeply appreciate it. Nature has countless lessons to teach us, motivate and inspire us – if only we have time to listen, observe and put into practice the lessons we can glean. Over the years Humankind has learned to harness, use and exploit the powers of nature. If only we can see the beauty of dawn, the sunset, the light and the darkness and appreciate all that goes in between. Life is beautiful and should be lived to the fullest.

      “Nature is abundant with her lessons. Each summer calls for us to play again. Each autumn shows us how change can be graceful. Each winter reminds us to restore our soul. Each spring, with its promise of new life, is a call to awaken hope in our hearts.”

      The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~Eleanor