Keep Paddling

Life brings its share of negativity.  To paraphrase a popular bumper sticker, "Stuff Happens."

We should not be surprised when difficulties arise.  It's a part of the human condition. We should expect the unexpected, and not be dismayed when things don't go according to plan.

Every summer, I canoe down the Namekagon River.  Sometimes, we hit rocks.  Sometimes, we tip over. Sometimes, we get stuck in the shallows and are forced to get out and drag the boat.  Often, we get soaked to the bone, and lose items.  Nevertheless, I continue to paddle. The challenges are what make the voyage an adventure.

You can't canoe without a risk, but if you don't take the risk, you'll miss the reward. Traveling the wilderness by canoe brings breathtaking views of nature and wildlife.  It provides a beautiful bond between traveling companions, and creates memories that will last a lifetime.

The river journey is worth navigating the rocks and shallows.

Maybe, instead of protesting our problems, we should just consider them a part of the grand adventure,

Plans aren't working out?  No problem, adjust your plans and keep paddling.

Expect the unexpected.  Experiencing discomfort and difficulty means you're you're alive.

You're going to hit a few rocks.  Sometimes your boat will tip over. Occasionally, it will be a tough drag -- but if you drag and paddle long enough, you'll reach the destination.

Canoeists do better when they look ahead for the ripples and rocks.  That's true in life as well.  Often, problems present themselves before they become a crisis.  If you keep your eyes open for the obstacles, you may be able to steer clear of them entirely.  The less you look ahead to what's coming, the more likely you're going to capsize.

If your boat flips - -and it will from time to time -- don't let it ruin the journey.  Learn a lesson, dump out the water, climb back in the boat and keep paddling.

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