Just Keep Swimming is what my lovely friend Kim says to me when she knows things are a bit rough. ...and it helps in a number of ways.
Figuratively of course, it means to keep going, one breath at a time.
.....and then .... DORY!
Who doesn't smile when they think of her?
But there is a far more literal comfort I take from that phrase too....
My facebook friends know that I love to swim.
It has become a private joke
Not in public swimming pools where my propensity to suddenly flip over and just float whilst gazing up into the sky seems to irritate the other swimmers.
Sometimes at the beach when the weather and water are perfect, but an allergy to sunscreen usually curtails such swims.
But always in our friend's shady pool which they graciously let us use any time while they are away on holidays.
...and currently, they are away on holidays.
I am not a strong swimmer.
I am also not a fast swimmer.
But I can swim (at a slow pace) for hours.
Just stroke after stroke, up and down the pool.
Aware of each breath.
So as you wake into the new year, my wish for you all is that you are able to Just Keep Swimming through all the rough patches you encounter in 2013 .... whether you have been grieving for days or years. My wish is that you will find a spot of calm when needed ... and joy wherever you can find it ( if its a struggle, ask yourself 'What Would Dory Say?').
Just Keep Swimming ......