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Joy: From the Ground Up

Dive Right In September 18, 2013

Water. I know it’s necessary for living. And for staying clean. But I just can’t understand why anyone (human or canine) would choose to spend any given amount of time immersed in water. My mom likes swimming in it, and I know there are certain breeds of dogs who love retrieving things from it, but the concept is one that just doesn’t make any sense to me.   In the Deep End

I can’t say I have a good reason for my opinion. It’s not like I ever had a bad experience that now haunts me or anything like that. I just don’t like it. But I do think there is something to be learned from the practice of swimming so maybe it’s not all bad. I got to thinking about this tonight after mom got home very much later than usual from that place called work. Apparently she spent the day at meetings listening to various people talk about all things interesting that relate to her job. Some speakers were more poignant than others, she told dad, which made for a long day. (She’s telling me! I hate when she gets home so late…talk about a long day!)

From what I’ve heard, public speaking is one of those things more people dislike than like. Kind of like dogs and water. As I thought about it, something unites these two seemingly unrelated opinions: fear. One of my very least favorite emotions. It’s right up on my list of disliked emotions with timid, anxious and shy. No one I know would use these words to describe me, but that wasn’t always the case.

Fear is debilitating. It commands our attention and directs our actions. And I say this as one who used to live in fear of a variety of things. I feared no one would ever love me. I feared the man with the leather belt. I feared and it consumed me. But I can say with confidence it consumes me no longer. My optimism has brought me to a place in life where I make it a goal to bring fears to purpose. And sometimes the only way to do this is to dive right in. Head first, or heart first, depending on how you look at it.

“Courage is a peculiar kind of fear,” suggests British politician Charles Kennedy. Water may not be my favorite thing in the world. And I think public speaking is one of the most common fears people have. But something can be learned from the concept of diving in as a means of facing our fears. It takes courage to bring our fears to purpose in life. Dive on in – the water is warm.




26 Responses to “Dive Right In”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Wiley, I understand fear though I do not let it consume my life anymore! And water, I’m with you on that one! Wooooooowoooooooooo!

  2. Great post, Wiley, and I love water and swimming, love it! But I do have a fear of public speaking…I’ve done it, but I get really nervous, so i understand what you said…but, we can’t live in fear and maybe diving in and getting our feet wet is the best way to overcome it! 🙂 Have a good night!

    • Dear friend…this confuses me that you are afraid of public speaking since you read your poems so well. 😉
      Lots of love,

      • Oh, you made me smile! Well, I record them on my iPhone on SoundCloud, then transfer them to my blog. Behind the screen is easier…Reading or talking in front of an audience makes my knees shake! 🙂 I can do it, but it’s nerve-racking and I’ve never read my poetry in public; haven’t had the confidence, but thank you very much for your encouraging and kind words! Love and hugs back, Wiley

      • Yay for smiles! They’re my favorite. Keep up the great work – its fabulous behind a screen, and I know it would be great in person. 🙂
        🙂 Wiles

  3. Leisa Says:

    I don’t mind the public speaking..depending on the audience of course 😉

    Water..blergh not my cuppa tea

  4. I’m happy that your fears are gone – left behind in your past, Wiles. Mine still pop up at unexpected times. I have a million unusual things that freak me out. Sometimes I turn to stone – like when the kids in the playing field kick the soccer ball. Mom says she doesn’t want to think about why that kicking sound scares me so much…. Other times, I just tuck my tail down and scramble to get past – like the street sign around the corner, or when I have to get past a box fan in somebody’s window. And don’t get me started on balloons and pumpkins…. GAH! Fear!

    Love and licks and someday I will dive right in,

    • Dearest Cupcake,
      There is nothing at all wrong with your having fears. I know firstpaw that each one has its reasons…which leads me to share a similar sentiment to your mom about the kicking sound. I know my mom shares that anxiety about my fears of baseball bats, vacuum cleaners, power tools and leather belts. Please know you are loved, with or without your fears. 😉
      Lots of love,

  5. Water is totally overrated if you ask me. I can’t understand that they sit in a bucket full of water for hours and say that’s “relaxing”. Also I’ve heard that too much wather can make your skin thinner, that’s dangerous…

  6. huntmode Says:

    Ah, Wyles, fear is a four letter word. (ask your Mom what that means if it doesn’t make sense…) 🙂

  7. Fear is a useless emotion. I encountered it on occasion when I was a wee tyke. But I have no use for it anymore. I choose to look for the wonder in life instead. And swimming is one of those wonders. I could swim all day long. It’s a zen thing.

  8. Fear of public speaking is one of my troubles too, but with your advice, I’m going to dive in! I like warm water too! 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Sometimes it’s best to simply take the plunge. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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