“THE SIMPLE ACT OF SWIMMING ONE STROKE AT A TIME”
Not sure which had the most impact – this morning’s thunderstorm or my second trip to the Auchrannie pool since I began to recover.
I think the swimming pool…..
Nature has been generous with us in the last 24 hours. I had a good view of the lovely orange Supermoon for about an hour last night and this morning a superb thundershower watered the flowers and cleared the air. So far thunderstorms on Arran in my experience have been somewhat more delicate than the one’s I experienced in Chicago days, but this one had impact nevertheless. Notice the birds going mad at the feeder, maybe there’s some vibes they pick up in thunderstorms that make them hungry afterwards. Answers on a postcard please!
Swimming has always been part of my life and I have so missed it over the last couple of years. Admittedly today I had to give myself a good talking to, because it would have been easier to stay home and curl up than make the effort to go to the pool and swim for only a fraction of the time that I used to.
It was so worth it! Not only does my body feel the better for the movement in water, but my tendency to feel sorry for what I can’t do anymore is gone and I relish the hard won half hour that I did manage. Something to build on!
Yesterday I was in an utter panic about putting together some of my writings to send to the publisher, but today I’ve remembered this principle of one step at a time and everything becomes possible. So maybe the thunderstorm has cleared my fuddled brain as well and I’ll be munching seeds and peanuts with the best of the birds while I look around at the things I want to do and break them down in to small doable chunks.
Just when I make this decision I come across a wonderful gardening programme called “The A to Z of Gardening ” on BBC 2. Fits the idea perfectly of approaching things in small segments instead of trying to achieve it all at once.
On another topic entirely, my friend Fiona has written in her blog Scottish Island Mum about forgiveness and encountered a healthy debate about the nature of the beast. It has made me think that I believe that forgiveness is essential in our lives to help us let go of hurt, betrayal and anger and that if we don’t forgive wholeheartedly, it stays with US, and makes no difference to the other person. It has to be unconditional like the attached picture, otherwise it is taking energy from us that we need to move on and get over whatever has happened to us in the past. It’s one of the hardest things that we’re asked to do in our spiritual journey.
Till next time…..
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