Archive for August, 2011

I haven’t written in a while and I had the nagging urge to do so. This post is meant to poke a bit of fun, with a little thought somewhere in between…

Have you ever noticed that things don’t quite go according to plan? About a month ago, I was flyin’! I was in the midst of training for my first 1/2 marathon and I was just a few short weeks away from completing school.

My picture today is a bit different. I haven’t had a run in a few weeks (my 1/2 marathon will have to be next year sometime) and my final course was extended, so that the finish line is quite a ways further back than it was before and is in the way of more fun events such as my wedding anniversary and the start of the 2011-12 Calgary Flames season.

As I was out for a walk today, in the pouring rain, it occurred to me that these ‘blips’ are like rain drops: one or two of them are quite manageable and nothing to be bothered by. But when you add several of them up, over a long period of time, you have a monsoon that would make even the most avid adventurer want to stay indoors.

The challenge is to take it in stride and find a way through it all. Like a rain storm, there is very little I can do about it. Also like a rain storm, the sun is bound to come out sooner or later, and I just have to hang in there until it does. So perhaps the way to deal with it is to do as a duck does: Let the ‘water’ roll of my back.

Have you ever really watched a duck, during a rainstorm? I did just that today. They don’t care.  After all, what are they going to do about it? Put up their umbrella? Go into a coffee shop and check their email until it stops? Hop on the nearest train and head home for the day? Sit around, bemoaning the fact that they, and other ducks like them, are hard done by to be stuck outdoors in such unsavory conditions?


They are going to get about their business, that’s what. They know that the sun will come out eventually, and they’ll be dry again in no time. They waste no time on something they can’t change.

I think that I’ll try to take a page from their book.  I’m going to make an effort to treat the bad times and challenges that life throws at me like droplets of water. I’ll put on my duck suit and get about my business. After all, the rain has to stop eventually and the sun will come back out again.

Until then, it’s just like water off a duck’s back.


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