Life is often akin to ocean waves over a beach ; it can hit you in waves and waves, pull at you with the undertow, while other times, it can be calm and will flow smoothly over the sand -- but no matter how heavy the waves are, an untainted beach and ocean is always among the greatest sights to behold.
Let's take it even further:
For a surfer, there can be no greater beach than the one with constant 10-20-foot waves coming every minute, and no greater let-down than a cool, calm tide.
It's all relative. :-)