Lessons In Unlikely Places: Swimmin’

View from the starting block of a competition ...

View from the starting block of a competition swimming pool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the
(1) best
(2) most important
lessons we learn
can come from the most unlikeliest of places.
This summer a friend of mine
was dead set
on teaching her granddaughter to swim.
I was chatting her up one day
and asked
if she had accomplished her goal.
What she told me weighed on my mind
the way something does
when it hits
a little too close to home –
a mini reality smack.

Her granddaughter got the hang of swimming easily enough –
she started thinking too much
about what she was doing
and trying too hard to do it
then she would flail around
and inevitably start sinking.

Whoa(!!!) how many places could this be applied?
How many times have you
tried and tried
only to inevitably start sinking?
When (and if) you finally let go,
did the task,
flow effortlessly through you?

Letting go –
of control,
of people,
of how things used to be –
is one of the walls
I build for myself and
have to struggle climbing over
more often than I’d like to admit.

I’m working on it though.

What do you have trouble
letting go of?


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