Week 15 ~~~ Here we are at the end of our challenge…at the end of the holiday season and at the end of the year…so I write our last challenge. I just returned home from a wonderful week in Naples, Florida with a whole bunch of Italian family members!!!
This picture is of me at sunset paddle boarding on Tiger Tail beach. I was alone with my thoughts and had some time to reflect on the week and much more.
It’s so interesting, because when I was paddling into the current I had to work so hard! I had to paddle with all my strength and I had to go against the waves, the wind and the natural flow. It was loud and rocky, yet so exciting to discover my strength with each paddle forward.
Then when I turned around, I let the wind blow at my back, I was easily floating with the current. It was quiet and it was me and my thoughts and reflections on the first part of the journey.
I realized I had a choice, do I work hard to push into the unknown where I discovered the most glorious reflection of the sunset and surprised myself with my sense of balance and strength or do I relax and let the flow of nature gently carry me back to my family and starting point.
Or is it a balance of both. Push hard through the chaos and then let go and reflect on the journey as I head back…
Yes, I decided to work hard and paddle noisily into the wind against the current and see what I could discover, then I turned around and as the wind and current pushed me back to where I started I LET GO of all my resistance and just enjoyed the peaceful flow.
So with that picture in your mind I challenge you to look back at this month, this year, this life… Reflect where it was that you had to push hard and paddle against the flow and where it was that you simply had to let go and let the flow move you forward.
Life is such a delicate balance of pushing forward and pulling back.. However in all of it, going against the current and riding the flow, there is ALWAYS JOY>>>do you see it? Slow down. Breathe deeply and enjoy the ride.
May your journey in 2016 prove to be way more blessed than stressed. Thanks for joining me on this year’s challenge!!!