Summer is here! I went for a paddle on Laurel Lake in Erving with a neighbor this evening, which was a great way to ring in this vibrant season.
As I started paddling, I found myself veering off in a weird and unexpected direction, unable to control myself. It took me a few seconds before I realized that I was on my paddle board backwards. I laughed and said, “Well, that basically sums up the way my day has been. What a metaphor for life!” It was funny because it was true. I really did feel like I was going backwards today, and most certainly did NOT feel in control.
I love these little moments of wisdom in life, and it’s especially great when they make you laugh. Let’s face it. We all have days like this – heading in an unexpected direction, or feeling fear or frustration when we seem to be going backwards instead of forwards. Hey, it happens. But, eventually, we straighten ourselves out and move ahead through the calm, clear waters.
Being out on the lake was so peaceful and serene. The mountain laurel is in bloom all along the shore line, and it looks like little while and pink candies dotting the dark green foliage. A loon was swimming at one end of the lake, and watching it dive under the water inspired me to do the same. The water was so sweet and cool, like liquid velvet gliding across my skin.
I’m excited for summer. Even if I find myself veering unexpectedly, out of control, or going backwards, I know I can always depend on the gentle magic of nature to set me straight.