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You’re the waves, reality is the sand and I am the ocean in-between. You’re the ups and downs, the whitewash and the clear blue – the rises and the falls. The sand is always there, keeping everything in perspective. And I am just all that comes between the two; maybe I’m the creatures, maybe I’m the shells, maybe I’m the abyss, or maybe I’m just the air in-between every wave. But this beach is always mine. No matter what the perceived label is, I get to create every ounce of my vision.

Even though I am creating this dream of life, I am still living it just as much. So, as every wave hits me, I experience it as something new. There is that little twinge of nostalgia, but it’s nothing more than a distant familiarity. I could live each rise over and over; I could live each fall over and over. Without those “falls”, I would’ve never known how good each rise felt. I just wish I could remember that when I’m in the fall.

So, the next time the waves come crashing down, I’ll be there for my intuition. I’ll listen at its first call, and I’ll let the blurry whispers of fear float away. The next time the waves come crashing down, I’ll breathe in the opportunity. I’ll remind myself the rise is coming. The next time the waves come crashing down, I’ll say thank you. After all, freedom is in loving the fall.

So, the next time I ride the waves with ease, I’ll breathe and soak it all in. I’ll savor every moment and take my time riding. The next time I ride the waves with ease, I’ll pay attention to my emotions. I’ll watch the flow create its waves in me. The next time I ride the waves with ease, I’ll clear out everything else. I’ll forget the external clutter and the internal hustle – I’ll lean into my peace.

Every “next time” is just my ever-changing “now”

Be fearless and free -Ace

55 comments on “The Next Time

  1. Aarushi says:

    It’s like I’m at the ocean. Wonderfully written 💙💙 I want that last line on an image as a wallpaper!! It’s so powerful 🌟

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, dear Aarushi!!! You are just so kind…I’m deeply touched by your comment! Appreciate you and your support, always! Hugs and love, pal 🖤🤗

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  2. PauliAtomic says:

    I love, love love the extended metaphor of this piece!

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    1. Ace says:

      Aw thank you so much, my awesome friend!!! I’m so happy to hear you love it, truly means a lot! Much love, always 🖤

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      1. PauliAtomic says:

        Anytime, dear Ace. I would love it if you would check my blog out, too, and give it a follow if the writing intrigues you 💛

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    1. Ace says:

      🖤🖤🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      🖤🖤🤗

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  3. Every “next time” is just my ever-changing “now”
    Ace, this was such a lovely post. I love your writing skills! You’re immaculate! (And of course, “THE GEM” 😀)
    Look forward to more of your spectacular posts!

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww Geet, thank you so much!!! Your kind words and support mean more than I can say…you truly inspire me!! So grateful for you and our connection, thank you for everything!! Love you, dear friend 🖤🤗

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  4. You always blow me away with your magnificent posts, Ace! Brilliant is the best way for me to describe your talents.I absolutely loved each piece of this post. Wonderful and awesome. I am now deeply craving a trip to the beach…lol. Keep shining, dear friend.💕

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww Grace, you make my day!!! What a sweet and touching comment, thank you so very much!! I absolutely love each piece of this comment, I am eternally grateful!!! Ah haha, fulfill the craving!! Appreciate you always, my dear friend 🖤🤗

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      1. Very welcome, Ace. Always.💕

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  5. I loved how metaphorical this is. Beautifully written, Ace 😃

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, dear Shweta!! I always appreciate your support. Much love 🖤🤗

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      1. Always a pleasure, my dear Ace

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  6. Well done dear Ace.🤝 You never surprise me with your beautiful writings… cause it always is beautiful! ❤️❤️ I love how you choose to end this. As always you inspire me. 🤗🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww Preeths, you are so sweet!!! You inspire me, truly!! Thank you so much for your loving support and touching words, you’re amazing!! Love you, my dear friend 🖤🤗

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  7. Diana says:

    My favourite line was ‘ but this beach was always mine’ 😍😍😍😍. I love when you confidently proclaim something that stirs the soul. Beautiful oceanic piece, Ace!! And the ending line was obviously.. WOW!! Stay blessed darling. Much love to you 🤗🙏💫🥰✨🌹❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, my dear Diana!! That is so kind of you to say, brings big smiles to my face/heart! Your thoughtful support always means the world to me, you’re special!!! Much love and hugs, always 🖤🤗

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  8. Jeff Flesch says:

    “I’ll lean into my peace.” That, my dear Ace, is extraordinarily beautiful. I love the analogy of the ocean and the waves to this life. The ups and downs and rising once more, twice more, thrice more, to infinity. I adore this post, my dear. ❤️🤗❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, my dear friend!! I’m so happy to hear you adore this post, that truly means a lot! You are always so kind, I’m forever grateful for your support! Hugs and love 🖤🤗

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re always welcome, dear Ace. Always! I did adore it, indeed. Have a lovely week, my dear friend!! 🤗❤

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  9. You’ve got this! As they say, Storms can’t hurt the sky!” May the Divine in you shine bright on all things. Too late 😊

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such kind words! Here’s to the divine! Your comment means a lot to me, appreciate the support. Much love 🖤

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  10. Hitesh.C.K says:

    Ace my dear sister, what an excellent piece!!! Really they way how you have used a beach, the ocean and the waves to intricately describe the journey to the paradigm of one’s life, it’s just marvelous 🤩🤩🤩
    The waves, the beach and the ocean
    Such an excellent creation it is,
    That I just a mortal stand overwhelmed,
    Overwhelmed enough to forget all my fears,
    To be a fearless free soul.
    Thank you 😊

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dear brother, you are so so kind!!! You make my day! Thank you so much!! I’m speechless, you truly leave me so touched!! Awwww 😊, you’re so thoughtful in how you always tie in “fearless free soul”…your comments are so special to me. Grateful for you, always!! Thank YOU. Lots of love 🖤🤗

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  11. Wow, This is lovely Ace!

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much!!! I appreciate it…much love 🖤🤗

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  12. Deepthy says:

    “I’ll let the blurry whispers of fear float away..”
    This was just a splendid metaphorical write; so deep and beautifully penned!💕

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, dear D!!! That truly means a lot coming from YOU, I am so grateful!! It’s so good to have you back, my amazing friend! Always appreciate your support, much love 🖤🤗

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      1. Deepthy says:

        Always a pleasure, Ace!! Same here, I’m so happy to finally be able to read more on here! 🤗💕

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  13. Filarance says:

    Wowww..! My sweetie, my motivator, my sweetheart, my angel, my princess, my smart friend..! I have to say million no billion thanks to God for giving us such a motivating and lovely and beautiful and sweet and awesome and Amazing and Marvelous bestie like you my dear ace..! You are a GEM..! I’m speechless..! I don’t even know how to express about your beautiful work..! Each and every lines are powerful..! Such a heart touching and motivating words my sweetie..! You are the shinning star..! Love you, my beautiful princess..!💕💕🤗🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww Filarance ☺️, you always leave the most special comments!!! I am forever touched! All your precious support has an eternal place in my soul!!! YOU are amazing and inspire me! Thank you so much for all your encouragement, love, support and kindness…you are truly the best! You mean a lot to me, my beautiful friend! Love you 🖤🖤🤗🤗

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      1. Filarance says:

        Woww..! My dear angel..! It’s so marvelous to hear from you..! Sure I will always leave the encourage and INSPIRING comment to you my dear..! Wow..! You’re very welcome dear..! It’s absolutely my pleasure my sweet..! My support and love is always there for you my dear..! And what you are doing my dear ace right now? I love to talk with you..!😍🤗🤗

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      2. Ace says:

        Aww you are the sweetest, my lovely friend!! Thank you for everything! Aww, I’d love to talk to you too! I am sipping my coffee, getting caught up with WordPress and enjoying this Monday morning! What are you up to??

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      3. Filarance says:

        Wowww..! So fantastic to hear from you my sweetie..! Haha..! Wow.! I too love coffee..! Wait I will also bring cup of coffee..! Cheers..! Me sitting and talking with a beautiful princess that’s you my dear..! And that princess making me very happy..! She making my day bright..! Woww..! You are so lovely my dear ace..!🤗🤗

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      4. Ace says:

        Aww Filarance, you are making my day!! Cheers, my dear friend! You can always email me if you ever want to chat or write together! My email is on my contact page!! I hope you know how grateful I am to have such a beautiful friend like you!!!!

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      5. Filarance says:

        Woww..! It’s so marvelous to hear from you my dear friend..! I’m flattered by your words..! Sure dear i will..!😍😍 How sweet you are..! Woww..! You are a sweet candy.! I’m so lucky to have a princess like you my sweetie..!!!🤗🤗

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  14. Such an uplifting message Ace! I love how you used the waves and the next wave..to describe your idea..and you are so right. This is my favorite part:
    “Without those “falls”, I would’ve never known how good each rise felt. I just wish I could remember that when I’m in the fall.”
    That is always the hard part…to remember what we already know is a great truth. I love the brilliant way you remind us all:)❤️🤗🙏🌊

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dear Karima!!! Ah I love that part too, so touched by you quoting it! And I love how you say…”to remember what we already know is a great truth”-so brilliantly said and powerfully true!!! Thank you for always sharing your wise words and thoughtful support, I can’t even express how much it means to me! Appreciate you, my lovely friend 🖤🤗

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  15. Really cool: this outlook intrigues me. “The next time the waves come crashing down, I’ll breathe in the opportunity. I’ll remind myself the rise is coming. The next time the waves come crashing down, I’ll say thank you. After all, freedom is in loving the fall.” That’s how you can find complete balance with the universe, for sure. We have to be ready for the good and bad. Lovely thoughts as always!

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww thank you so much, Ben!! So glad to hear that, yeah it’s got a little philosophy in there 🤪. Yes, balance indeed! Your support and thoughtful comments truly mean the world to me, I am eternally grateful. Thank you for being amazingly YOU. Much love 💚💙

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      1. Welcome! Yeah, it’s always good to read your words. They have that evenness to them that really create a magical feeling. Keep it up! 💚💙

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  16. This piece spoke to me deeply, and even though I entirely understood it’s meaning and what you were trying to achieve with it, it still spoke to me in a slightly different way. Many people gave me some good advice after I went through depression. When you said “when the waves come crashing down” that you would breathe in the opportunity and remind yourself that the rise is coming and when you “ride the waves with ease” you would pay attention to your emotions, savour every moment, and lean into the peace – it reminded me of when someone told me to keep looking to the light and reminding myself that things would get better when I was depressed, and to pay attention to everything that makes me feel good when I’m not depressed and to enjoy it so that I can recognise ways to fight it. For me, the crashing waves represented my tough times in life and riding waves with ease represents when things are going well.

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    1. Ace says:

      Wow Simone, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for sharing more about your journey. I’m so happy to hear this spoke to you…and I’m sorry to hear about what you went through with depression. You are such a bright soul with love, magic and light pouring through your veins!!! I love this advice you were given, so powerfully true. I think the good waves can teach us just as much as the tough waves. Appreciate you and your touching support, you’re truly the best!!! Lots of love, always 🖤🤗

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  17. Every “next time” is just my ever-changing “now” – this is just so brilliant and true Ace. I thoroughly enjoyed how you arrived here. The waves are relentless and so is your intention and dedication for gratitude for what each wave brings. It comes with gifts surely, wrapped in emotions, for us to unravel and find what’s underneath, allow the light to shine at these deeper hidden treasures. The flow of your words and the sense of surrender is so very beautiful to be immersed in. Stay drenched in your awareness and blessings dear friend, Much Love.

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww thank you so much, my dear friend!!! I am so beyond touched by your thoughtful comment, words can’t even describe my full gratitude!!! “It comes with gifts surely, wrapped in emotions, for us to unravel and find what’s underneath, allow the light to shine at these deeper hidden treasures.”-That is just so perfectly said, thank you for always sharing your beautiful wisdom! You truly inspire me and I can’t thank you enough for all your encouragement. Much love, always 🖤🤗

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      1. 💛💛💝💝✨✨✨

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  18. Notes says:

    Or maybe slower..
    May just be..

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    1. Ace says:

      Thanks so much for reading and appreciating!!! 🖤🤗

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  19. skylinerise says:

    I loved your article😊❤. Amazing 👏

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much!! I’m thrilled to hear that, truly means a lot!! Lots of love, dear friend 🖤🤗

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      1. skylinerise says:

        Most welcome dear friend😊😊. I am your trusted reader and I feel overwhelmed to read your posts😊✌❤

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