Life Is Like White Water Rafting

Life is like white water rafting. When we come to rapids, we can’t stick our paddles into the sand, hold onto branches, and stop moving downstream. Neither can we pull our oars out of the water, stop paddling altogether, and hope the current takes us through the rapids safely. Both strategies result in smashing into rocks and overturning our rafts.

A balanced approach is better. We can let the current take us downstream, but we must keep paddling to steer around rocks and toward calmer waters. In other words, go with the flow, but actively make course corrections as needed.

Also, we shouldn’t try to paddle faster than the river. The current will get us there (wherever there is) in due time without us having to expend a lot of unnecessary effort. Sometimes we can sit back and enjoy the ride.