Riding through it.
One of my hobbies is riding rail/trail bike paths with my wife. These trails, if you have never been on one, follow abandoned rail right of ways. The rails have been removed and a layer of chipped limestone covers up the ballast. This new surface is then packed down and a great surface is created for riding, walking and running on. Since they follow old rail lines, these trails tend to cover quite a bit of rural territory and go across country roads every few miles. On this particular day, we were riding the day after a fairly good rain had come through and though the path was fine, we had to cross a road that had gotten quite muddy. Crossing that road caked the tires of our bikes in mud and as soon as we got back on the trail, the mud began to pick up all the limestone bits it could stick to. We stopped and tried cleaning off the tires with some sticks and leaves that we found trailside, but we doing so seemed to be getting more mud on us than we were getting off of the bikes. So we went with plan B, just ride on it for a while. We were pleasantly surprised, that as bad as this looks, over the course of the next mile or so, the mud dried up, cracked off, and flew away, leaving clean (ish) tires and just a little bit of dried mud that flaked off easily later in the day. I can't say that it is the case for every problem one encounters, but there are a good many things in life where the best thing to do is simply keep moving forward, and let things work out on their own. In the moment, the mess that is already there may seem awful, but trying too hard when ill equipped, can tend to just make a bigger mess out of the situation. By waiting a while, and seeing what becomes of your mess, there are often many things that sort themselves out naturally and later, when you aren't in the heat of the moment you can see a little better what still needs to be taken care of and it is often much easier to take care of then.
11/28/2019 05:53:13 am
Yep, how true-how true. Working through several situations right now and seems to say “just keep swimming.” May not always understand but just keep swimming.
12/3/2019 01:16:12 pm
Rex, thanks for checking us out and for your support. Blessings to you with what you are swimming through right now. I'll pray that you find the current is with you and begins to carry you soon.
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