Living Life Well: Keep Swimming


Gems for living a life of wellness. Lessons I have learned, or am learning, during this crazy journey through life.

Life is not easy.  Best to thank God–or whoever or whatever you choose to so thank–it is so.  If it were easy, we wouldn’t be tested, tried, forged in the fire of life.  We wouldn’t grow or learn or change, or even have a chance to rise above ourselves.

So trying to be thankful that life is a struggle some of the time is a good practice.  Remember, only dead fish swim with the stream.  For the rest of us, there will be times when it’s simply an uphill, upstream struggle.  We have to keep swimming or be swept away.  But with each flick of the tail, each surge of our fins makes us stronger and fitter.

salmon on justruminating men's blogTry to see each setback as a challenge, as an opportunity for growth.  Thinking of life any other way will have you dead in the water in no time.

There’s a reason why, for men, retirement is a bad idea.  A study showed that lots of retirees die within a relatively short time of handing in their charge cards.  They have ceased to swim against the current and got swept away.

Struggles don’t come to an end, but there are lulls in-between–backwaters where we can rest for a while and enjoy the moment before the next obstacle gets thrown our way.  And that’s what life is, what it is meant to be: a series of struggles and lulls.  And whatever situation you are in now, it’s going to change.

salmon3Keep swimming, little fish, keep swimming.

24 comments on “Living Life Well: Keep Swimming”

  1. So true. My wonderful Dad passed away a couple of years after retirement. He didn’t smoke and hardly drank. Thanks for sharing. I have just started a poetry blog on WordPress in case you have time to have a look?

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    1. People usually say sorry for your loss. I don’t. You had him for the time you were allowed. He’s into bigger and brighter things. Just as my mom is. People thought I was callous because I celebrated her death. Screw their judgments. They know nothing about spirit. Her body quit, she is far from dead. Anyway, sorry not at all pushing my opinion on you, just sharing with you. I’ll stop by


  2. Love this thought. Mother Teresa has a quote that says something like “growth does not happen in peace and calm.” And how true that is. Challenge often is a blessing in disguise because it enables us to be in tune with others.

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    1. Thank you so very much! However I do not accept awards I’m sorry I am humbled though! Also it would be hypocritical of me considering the philosophy of my Robust Ruminator Award. You do know I nominated you, right?

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        1. Oh, must have missed that in my email. I feel the same way. I can honestly say I have made better friends here than in my real life, lol. I hope to actually make some intimate real in the flesh friends though lol

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