It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.

Aug 12, 2010



“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea”.  ~Isak Dinesen

The first time I went in a boat, a canoe, I cried. The little boat would rock too much. I was too young. The water was too wet. I didn’t want to fall in.

The second time I went in a boat, a sweep, I wept with pain. My teammates and I pulled and pushed and pulled and pushed as our coxswain yelled the tempo. It was an ugly love, but I found it there on Lake Samish in Bellingham.

The third time I went in a boat, a kayak, I found joy. Pure solitude, soft gentle rocking, swaying of heart and soul. I may have been on something, but I swear dolphins swam with us and sea otters bobbed their heads to greet us. Birds sang specifically to us and little animated hearts floated out of my head like a cartoon.

A girl and her boat: Oh, to be one with the water.


Where I was meant to be.

*The title of this post is a quote from Anne Lamott’s “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

**Photos by me.


  1. Ahhh, the second picture.  I can feel the salty air.

    By Jurgen Nation on 2010 08 12

  2. So true about salt water. To pain and pushing(or pulling) through the pain.

    By Amanda on 2010 08 13

  3. i love both those quotes, anne lamott
    is awesome.
    i have gluten sensitivity and am still struggling to deal with it alll the time and not just whenifeellikeit.

    By maggie may on 2010 08 14