Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Sailing My River ....

Spring Break ...YAYYYYYYY !! Means I have time to post and catch up on my blog reading :-)

I've been listening to one of my Garth Brooks albums, while catching up on house work. Actually, if the truth be told, quite a back log of house work!!!

' Callin' Baton Rouge ', ' Ain't Goin' Down Till The Sun Comes Up ', ' The Fever ' and so on, are good moppin' floors music !!

However, ' The River ' really touches a chord within me..

Many of us are going through our own 'rough waters' right now.

Be it the serious illness of a loved one, dealing with job loss and the depressed economy, coming to terms with our pasts, our own health scares and so on.

For me, my life is a river. It has it's rapids and rough waters, however it also has it's calm, sheltered stretches.

My river will be 'ever changing'.

I can choose to sit on the 'shoreline' and maybe dabble my toes, or not ... or I can 'choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance that tide'.

A long time ago I chose to ride my river. I'm not sure at what point in my life it changed from an unconscious choice to a conscious choice....from allowing myself to float along to taking control of the paddles.

There have been a number of shipwrecks along the way. I've shot more than my fair share of rapids. Somehow though, my boat has always righted itself, and patched up and with the help of my support crew, set sail again.

This verse in the song, says much of what I'm trying to express..

'There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all...'

How do you survive you own rough waters?


Chris H said...

CHOCOLATE.... solves lots of rough patches! lol
I would love to take our wee Teddy walkies in the pushchair too.. so I could go further, but he refuses to even sit in it. Shame that.

Janine said...

That is one of my favourite Garth Brooks songs. We have just got a new stereo (hand me down) and I can't wait to do the housework to Garth blasting. Actually it would be him or Rascall Flatts at the moment

wendy said...

Not a country music fan but I do find Garth Brooks tolerable. ;)

I'm all about some chocolate (which goes against the whole Zone thing, but whatever!) when times are rough.


Janine Kain said...

Beautiful, thought provoking post.
I love your attitude 'My river will be 'ever changing'.'
How very true and worthwhile to hold onto when times are rough... knowing that things will change.