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There is something Zen-like about the process of organizing and preparing the equipment. When I say, "Zen-like", I mean there is a contemplative or meditative component to checking everything over, and checking it twice, even three times. After the busyness of Christmas, the quiet focus feels good. Our next paddle will be a night excursion into Sansum Narrows, and everything has to be in order.
Wet suits (dry suits would be really nice...ahh, maybe one day), paddling jackets, spray covers, and PFDs need to be checked, pockets emptied of the last paddle's odds and ends and refilled with energy snacks. Headlamps, sea lights, emergency strobe light, and VHF radio must have a battery check. SPOT satellite messenger is ready to record our track over the water. The kayaks were washed today, inside and out - yes, the excitement is building. Preparing to launch is exciting - every time, and it's been way too long since we've been out.
Look to this day
In its brief course
lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision,
but today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.
Just imagine how wonderful it would be if we could look back into the past and see that time as a "dream of happiness". Imagine looking into the future and seeing it as a "vision of hope". The thing is, it is within our grasp...if we just determine to live this day well.
We'll report later on the night paddle.