The Ride

“What do I need a paddle for?” I asked the whitewater rafting guide. Right before me was the fastest flowing water I had ever seen. I planned on getting into the raft and holding on for dear life and letting the raging river carry me downstream. “There are times when you are going to have to paddle really hard so you don’t smash into something and capsize” he said.

I have thought about those golden words more times than I ever thought about the actual ride down that raging river. Many times I have found myself facing a crisis and all I wanted to do was hold on and let life just carry me through it but that’s not a good plan for living and it certainly isn’t a good plan for whitewater rafting either.

When we are faced with trouble, when the roar of the problem is intimidating us and we know a rough time is ahead in our health or our relationship or career or finances we can just close our eyes and hold on and hope we don’t capsize OR we can take control of our thoughts (our mental paddle!) and steer ourselves away from the worst of it.

It is our thoughts that allow us to go around the whirlpools of fear and insecurity. It is thoughts of our Divine connection that reminds us that we are not alone in the raft. It is our thoughts that steer us away from being capsized by unnecessary drama. It is our thoughts that remind us that sometimes life flows quietly and sometimes life rages and that sometimes paddling or thinking a little better can make all the difference.

Whitewater or life, it’s a thrilling ride. A good paddle or good thoughts can make all the difference if we use them. Are you ready to do more than just hold on? It’s not too late to create an epic ride.

(c)2013 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride
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