Paddling during the down times…

I woke up yesterday thinking about how life and canoeing seem to be interrelated.  As you are paddling through life’s waters you sometimes experience slow waters and sometimes rapids.  The best of times I believe are the times that the water is pulling the canoe downstream at a comfortable pace and you can basically lift up the oar and coast on the river.  I think this is relatable to life.  The best times are the ones where you can pull the oar from the water and just coast on the previous efforts of your life.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.  I think a lot of people though don’t understand the concept of the slow water times.  There have been times in my life, when canoeing, that the water has been so low that I’ve actually had to carry the canoe to deeper water.  This reminds me of life.  Sometimes you get stuck in slow water.  You start padding to get further downstream.  You paddle hard.  Your arms burn and you think it’s too difficult.  The problem is though, that if you stop paddling you will just sit there…in the still water.  If you are at this point in your life.  Start paddling.  Doesn’t matter what direction.  Just start paddling.  Eventually you will get to a better situation.  There are times, in life, that the water is so low you have to pick up your canoe and carry it to a deeper part of the river.  I think this is another aspect of life that people tend to forget when the water life gets low.  Sometimes you have to carry the canoe.  Your choice is to either sit there in still waters and wait for divine providence or get up and carry that canoe.  It won’t be easy.  It certainly won’t be fun.  Start paddling…


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