“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax.” “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts ~

I live in a place with an odd combination of ample water and heat which can approach 120 degrees.  We use each to take advantage of the other. Without the water we store up in our many reservoirs during the winter, our summers would be parched dry.  Without our ample sunshine, the Central Valley of California would not be the most prolific agricultural area on earth. We have learned to go with the flow of both the water and the heat. There is a limit to how much we can battle them and survive.

Water is power.  Right now there is almost 10,000 cubic feet per second of water flowing past my house, in the Sacramento River. That means every second 620,000 pounds of water goes by.  Saturday, I put 200 people on that river in kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and many forms of rafts.  Some were racing, using the current to their advantage and adding personal power and ability to it.  Others were very happy to let the river do the work and just avoid the hazards.  There were all ages from 2 to over 80.  Some were on the river for the very first time.

Life is full of sources of personal power.  A few examples are physical fitness, knowledge, reputation, ability to communicate, wealth, experience, positive attitude, prowess, faith, confidence, determination, kindness and compassion.  We all have each of these at some level.  Our personal power is found in how we use our unique combination to the best of our ability, compensating for our weaknesses and accentuating our stronger attributes.  Your task is to know what your abilities are, how to grow them and how to use them.  Your personal power is the Central Valley of your own existence.

Mike Ferrier

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