For most people, life seems to be a series of random events which bounce us around as if we are a ball in a pin-ball machine.
Society has set our expectation's to an untenable level and chains us to a treadmill which never stops turning.
Every now and then, circumstances beyond anyone's control are thrust upon us and force us to ponder our place in the grand scheme of things.
Fear and panic run together. They are a predatory force which will destroy your empathy and compassion. They will infect your mind and create illusions which simply are not real.
The ability to combat fear resides in all of us. Focus on something that is close to your soul. If that something is not possible to do at the present moment, remember the last time you did it. Taste it with your memory. I am sure that reason will prevail and you will get off the treadmill which goes to nowhere.
For me, that something is my canoe and paddle. The feel of the boat as it slides across the water lulls my mind into a state of wonder and rapture.
The ice will soon be off the lakes and rivers. When the water opens it's eyes to the sky, my paddle will dig deep and propel me into new adventures and discoveries.
To all my fellow paddlers; wax your hulls and prepare your gear, brother Sun is clearing the way.