DirtMan and I canoed this past weekend. We rowed eight miles starting in our own neighborhood. We traversed the city by connecting channels of water.
With eight miles of rowing and taking in nature all around us, it was a bit of a Zen session. Many life lessons can be compared to elements of nature.
From this viewpoint my daily surroundings appeared smaller while the creeks seemed larger and at times swifter. Ever feel like your life in general is quite small in comparison to the size of a current predicament?
From the bank one doesn’t experience the varying shallowness and deepness of the water. A few times we found ourselves (purposely as we were observing egrets) at the bank’s edge. We pushed our oars against the bank to flow back into the current of the deeper water. We often find leverage in friends or family during life’s difficulties.
There were times we delved into darkness (beneath bridges) in order to emerge to the other side. For a short period of time, the roar of cars overhead pounded our heads while our visibility was dimmed. We came through to the other side with all intact. We might feel similar when faced with life challenges. We learn to be resourceful, prioritize, and most importantly we learn to persevere.