I had a wonderful day yesterday. Went to a beach and saw a guy swimming. It was about 25 or 30 and pretty windy, although it was sunny and clear. The sea was calm on the surface, but there were large swells, making big and beautiful waves on shore. He went in out of he water 3 or 4 times until he got out and put his clothes back on. We walked past him as he got back in his car and my friend asked him if he did that often. He said he went in about once a month, year round. That February was the coldest month. Then he added, with a smile and enthusiasm, “But it’s such a beautiful day…..” We agreed.
I thought it was not something I could ever do…dressed in a turtleneck, sweatshirt, and winter coat, I was shivering. My friend thought it was possible, he could see how someone could do it. It’s all in the perception I think. Perception can be changed, too.
That’s something else I learned this weekend. Though my blog is called “Living Like Water” I was not walking that walk this weekend. It was quite obvious that I have some work to do there. My perception of what was going on was shadowed by my ego, by my past experience, baggage as it was. My perception of some of the things I have written here, also has been clouded by these things. I learned some things that changed my perception of the broader effects of some things I have written.
If I want to be authentic in my quest to live like water, I think my perception has to change about many things. Perhaps seeing someone willing to plunge into ice cold water and come out of it smiling was meant to show me that life doesn’t have to proceed along my own narrow view.
Learning is sometimes a pleasant experience, and sometimes it is difficult. What I dislike is when my learning a lesson has caused someone else discomfort, which it has. And I feel blessed that it didn’t cause this person to run from me. Yesterday was wonderful….and the learning was a pleasant experience, even if the actual lesson I learned made me take a hard cold look at myself.