It could be we are too busy to contemplate the idea of doing nothing, certainly not sitting around waiting for the tide. We might be the type of people who make waves if the water level is too shallow right now.
However, on occasions we can also find benefits from waiting for the tide. If we have prepared everything to the best of our ability there is little reason to not enjoy a moment of calm, connecting with the present, ahead of our required action.
And let’s not forget how many times we have discovered a previously overlooked point, or thought up a better way of doing something, in these brief periods of tranquillity found just prior to initiating anew our work.
Giving ourselves the space to engage in a spot of ‘waiting for the tide‘ creates the chance for us to see the big picture, instead of focusing exclusively on tiny details so typical of much of the workday most likely.
And if we are situated far from the sea or a tidal waterway, instead of waiting for the tide we could lift our eyes and wait for the clouds to float across our vision. The activity provides similar advantages and, in both cases, we are acknowledging the magnificence of nature, something we can never do enough of one may add.
Following my own suggestion, I’m off to participate in a few minutes of ‘waiting for the tide‘.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).