Today, at sunset, I decided to go for a dip in the Kinneret. I was feeling so blessed and grateful to be living the life I’m living. Filled with joy, the waves were rushing toward me, and I was feeling awesome. Though the waves were a bit rough, I figured why not go for a little swim. I began swimming against the waves, with the ease of a fish.
I swam for a bit, and decided it was time to head back to shore. As I turned around and began swimming with the waves, my swimming became much more challenging! Every time I thought I was swimming back to shore the waves pulled me to the side or back! I began fighting with the waves, my mind began rushing, “You’re going to drown. How will you ever make it back to shore? You’re out here alone. This was a dumb idea…” yada yada yada, you get the picture, and you know how the mind has the potential to take a downward spiral. Pitom, suddenly, it dawned on me, “Just stand up.”
I could reach the Kinneret floor with great ease, and I decided to walk back to shore. (I later remembered, the initial reason I told myself I could go swimming at this hour was because the water was so shallow…but alas, when caught in the wave, I briefly forgot…)
On this Kinneret Dip I learned a lot about life.
1) I will never swim easily through life if I go in the same direction as the flow. For me, going against the wave, makes more sense.
2) When I catch my mind spinning me into a downward spiral, I can change my thought pattern to one of success. In any time of struggle, there is always a way out.
3) G-d has put me in the exact spot I am supposed to be in life. And for that, I am grateful.
I hope you all have a wonderful morning, evening, or afternoon, and I pray that in your harder times, you can remember, if you just stand up, look up, and pray for help…it will come.