Ramblings From The Back Of A Canoe
This time of year, I spend a lot of time in my canoe.
It’s rare that several days go by when I don’t take it out on a lake somewhere and paddle.
Most of the time, I go to catch fish.
Other times, I like to paddle to get away from it all. A mental time-out, so to speak.
A canoe allows you to do that: to get off the grid, and find those remote places that cars and motorboats and cell phones and Facebook can’t reach.
Where you dont’ see another human for hours, and you’re forced to be alone with Mother Nature and (God Forbid) just your own thoughts.
One thing about canoeing, is that it’s never boring.
You might see loons, beavers, otters, or moose.
You might come across granite cliffs, or secret waterfalls. The scenery constantly changes.
Some days it might be windy as hell, and your arms burn as you paddle against the white-caps.
Other days, the water is so calm, you almost feel it’s a shame that your passage through the water ruins the perfect reflection.
Those are my favorite times. When the water is like glass.
It’s a well-known Law of the Universe, that it’s impossible to feel stressed out in a canoe on a calm lake.
And a lot of people seem stressed out these days.
They’ll pay big bucks to Life Coaches, Spiritual Advisors or New-Age Therapists to try to learn to relax.
Or they’ll spend hours scanning the internet to find the answer to their problems.
I dunno…perhaps seeking that one inspirational quote that will turn their life around and make everything all better.
I canoe. And I’m lucky enough to live where I can do that.
And if you throw in a gorgeous sunset to go along with it, I’m laughing all the way to the bank.