Row, row, row, row… shore check. Oh, no–we’re still straight out in front of our hotel. Honestly, Brent and I have paddled for something like five minutes without moving at all, well, just a little closer to shore. We’re trying to angle off toward the north against the wind, so we don’t end up hitting the beach way off to the south and having to schlep the hotel’s kayak back to its sandy parking area on foot.
From our perspective, looking at the water’s rippling surface, we had been making pretty good progress as we paddled through wave after wave in the right direction. But under the surface, the current was trying to carry us in the opposite direction without our realizing it.
Life can be like that. Our appearance-crazy culture constantly works to shift my values away from those that are truly important. I aim to be kind and full of integrity, but watching too many crime movies seems to desensitize me to violence or dishonesty. On occasion I might even laugh at a joke when really, it should offend me because it demeans someone. I need frequent “shore checks” to make sure the current isn’t carrying me off course, even if I am paddling in the right direction.
What about you? Do you ever feel you’ve unwittingly drifted off in the wrong direction? How do you get back on course?
Thanks for reading,
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