In the Flow with Healing Waters
Kayaking the River of Life
One beautiful summer day while I was out kayaking, a thought came to me about how the slightest adjustment with my paddle will change my destination, and with the slightes adjustment I would stay on course to my desired destination.
I pondered how one destination is not better than the other. It just depends on my desired landing place.
I thought about how I can choose between, am I free-floating, or am I target-oriented? Both will bring me somewhere, it is a matter of what I desire. I might choose to continuously correct or I may decide to correct all at one time.
I have a choice of staying on course to reach my destination and what I am going to do when I get there.
Will I choose to enjoy it?
Will I be frustrated on the path, or disappointed where I ended up?
Will I feel lonely, upset, peaceful, or happy?
A major part of this is in the journey itself and what I see along the way. Do I take a moment to look, smell and see everything around me? Or do I keep going without noticing? How does it feel?
It is always my choice of what I will feel and what I will do with it.
As I played with this idea it came to me how our lives are like kayaking.
When you look out at the horizon of life (or the horizon of the lake or river), do you see the destination you would like to explore?
Set your attention in that direction. As long as you take action and steer yourself that way, you will go in the intended direction, and more than likely you will end up at the destination or close to it.
If you stop adjusting and allow yourself to drift, life will take you in a different direction. It’s your journey on whether you are going with the flow or purposefully making the kayak go in a direction. There’s no right or wrong, but there may be consequences.
What if you have decided to go with the flow and simply allowed the current of life to take you on a journey?
However, if you have a purpose, a mission that is calling to you, there will be a need to continuously make adjustments to make it to that destination.
Can we do both?
I believe we can. As we enjoy the flow of life, allowing it to drift us for a bit, pausing and not working so hard can be enjoyable, and relaxing until you see the destination, start to make a slight (or not so slight) adjustment, and your direction shifts and you end up there.
Sounds simple enough, RIGHT?
It can be, allow your life to bring you to the place where you see something that interests you. Make the adjustments and you will get there. Sometimes you will need to paddle upstream, sometimes downstream, sometimes to the shoreline, and sometimes just sit still.
There could be a current that takes you in a direction, or the right wind could take you on a path.
I promise you this, you will end up somewhere. Do you want to make the adjustments to consciously and purposefully take your life (your kayak) into your own destination, or allow life to deliver you something?
It happens that the sooner you see your destination and make the adjustments the less you will need to correct, if you wait longer you may have a little more work or push at the end, but notice you’ll still end up in the same place.
Make conscious adjustments, or go with the flow and correct closer to your desired destination.
Notice where your kayak is pointed, that is where you will end up.
It’s your choice, and both can be grand, bringing awareness to what you are doing can be a fun part of your journey.
Happy Living in the Flow