By mryantodd » April 29th, 2013 • Post From KTFA
Sometimes I think that this investment ride is like my first deployment in the Navy. When you hit the open water of the Pacific, the first few waves are kind of fun to ride up over the crest and down into the trough.
This lasts for a short period of time (hours) and then you start to feel disoriented with the continued rise and fall of the ship. The disorientation also lasts for a short period of time (days) while you get your sea legs.
After you become accustomed to the movement of the ship through the ocean, everything returns back to normal.
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You no longer feel disoriented, but instead you feel at one with the water beneath the hull. Then one day you reach a port, step off the ship onto dry land and that feeling of disorientation hits you again. After weeks at sea, you reach a new normal of movement and to be still on an unmoving surface is as foreign as the sea was to me just weeks before.
When you think about the IQD ride, the first few peaks and troughs were exciting, then you get a bit disoriented waiting for the next rise and fall and think it can't get any worse, but there is no choice but to endure this period of time.
Many of us have reached that point in the journey where we no longer consciously feel the peaks and valleys, but just move along with the seas, hoping that we find that port to begin the next leg of our journey. I know we'll all experience some level of disorientation when this happens, but I think we'll all find our equilibrium again.
Anyway, if you find yourself a bit numb to the peaks and valleys with the IQD, it is not a bad thing. You just need to keep your eye on the horizon and enjoy the ride.
Fair winds and Following seas my friends,
"Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, and my kindness for weakness" MRT