A Good Soak

“Calgon, Take Me Away”

Yes, I take baths -not a lot since the water pressure in our house isn’t what I’d like and it takes forever to fill the tub and then the heat dissipates too quickly, but I digress.  This is about how the ebb and flow of the universe at one moment finds you riding high on the crest and the next minute slammed to the ocean floor being pummeled by those waves.  It’s just a little note (for any who might stumble across it) to provide that little support group punch in the arm that says, “Hey, life throws crap at us all, but you can take a shower and clean it off!”

Heading into the summer, I was surfing, brah!  Some long-standing bills were about to come to an end, we (wife, daughters, and I) joined a pool and the girls joined the swim team, the A/C that we had to charge almost every year hadn’t leaked all out, and one of the girls had been invited to play on a travel soccer team.

About half way through the summer, Wham!, the board disappeared and the waves started pounding us.  The swim team (for those that don’t know) turned out to be a huge money (and time) pit, a traffic ticket (hadn’t had any tickets in the household for ten to fifteen years), the A/C seized up and had to be recharged, orthodontic work for one of the daughters, a plumbing leak had to be fixed and a toilet replaced, the A/C went out again (we’re told we’ll be lucky if it makes it through the fall), the chimney cap looks like a falling limb hit it and needs to be repaired/replaced, child care is going to be about double what it was last year (though we had planned on that)…and that long-standing bill didn’t go away.

Fall seven times, stand up eight – Japanese proverb

Amazing how quick that face-plant happened, but we are dragging ourselves out of the surf, trying to find our board, and scanning the waves.  Standing here soaked and spitting out salt water sucks, but we know it won’t be long before we’re back out on the water, riding the waves.

As long as you can persevere, keep getting back up -that’s what matters.  Don’t let down become a permanent position…or state of mind.  Reach out for help when you need it.  Give help when you can.  It’s all part of the ebb and flow of the universe, the feng shui of the  soul… Karma.

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