clock July 10, 2012
author Chris Sopa

Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.

We all remember this nursery rhyme.  I honestly never really understood what it meant or when it was appropriate to sing it (seriously, how many times are you in a boat as a child?), but nonetheless, it was a popular one.  Like all nursery rhymes, as we get older we find that they have hidden and deeper meanings.  When you take them literally, they make no sense.  When you look deeper into the meaning, it all becomes clear.

Much like life, the literal usually makes no logical sense.  Me moving to Arizona for instance; logically, it seemed like the most ludicrous idea ever.  I was leaving the large business network of people I worked 8 years to build, clients, my dear friends, my two adult daughters and a life that seemed to be moving along just fine.  A few bumps here and there, but bumps make life interesting.  The 10,000 foot view (or the symbolic view); my heart has been yearning to live west for the past 5 years.  The pull has gotten stronger and stronger every day and the energy of where I was living just seemed to go stale – even though everything around me seemed to be “flowing” just fine.  Or was it?  When I looked deeper into my life, I was unhappy, working way too hard and finding it harder every day to maintain a sense of joy and wonder.

See into life – don’t just look at it.” ~Anne Baxter, Academy Award winning actor

The best view of life is one from the nosebleed seats.  A view where we can see as much of the big picture as possible.  From that view, we can see where the pieces connect.  When our nose isn’t right to the dirt we can allow life to gently flow along as it is supposed to without needing to know all of the answers before we choose.  When we allow this flow, we merrily float through each day and find that sense of joy and happiness that we have been desperately searching for outside of ourselves.  When we finally realize that the answers we seek are in the present moments, we all of a sudden find that we are living our dream.  When we look back down the road we traveled, we see all of the synchronistic events that lead us to where we are and finally recognize the people who helped us along the way were the angels and teachers sent by God to guide us ever so gently along our stream.

Make a list today of those things in your life that bring you joy (that make you merry).  Then, make another list of those things you feel have gone stale.  The second list may be harder than you think.  We tend to have things on our “stale” list we are not yet ready to admit are stale.  Do it anyway.  Awareness is always the first step to transformation.  Do your job and then God takes it from there.

Dreaming as I gently flow merrily along my stream,


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