Sometimes, a canoe can feel quite unstable. You can get out into water that is less than calm and the canoe will begin to rock. Sometimes, relationships can feel that way too -- you get out into deeper waters and then begin to sense the instability. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that not everyone is going to be supportive of the decisions you make, the endeavors you undertake, or the direction you paddle your canoe. Let me explain by sharing a poem by Sarah T. Bolton, an American poet who is best known for her poem "Paddle Your Own Canoe" (1850).
That poem is known all over the world and has been translated into many different languages. Generally, those who paddle their own canoe are considered independent and self-sufficient.
Sarah T. Bolton -- who has been called the "Pioneer Poet Laureate of Indiana" -- was an activist for women's rights and worked with Robert Dale Owen during Indiana's 1850–1851 Constitutional Convention to include the recognition of women's property rights. Her husband, Nathaniel Bolton, co-founded the first newspaper in Indianapolis, the Gazette, and was Indiana State Librarian from 1851 to 1854.
There are certainly those who have never had to truly paddle their own canoe in life, and therefore have missed out on the benefits and blessings that can come from doing so. I've had many opportunities in life to paddle my own canoe... to be independent and self-sufficient, and not always by choice. These days, I prefer to partner with my lovely wife on life's path -- who is supportive, understanding, and a blessing beyond measure to me, and I definitely let God take my canoe's (my life's) oars and direct the way. I've reached a season in life with calm waters, easy paddling, and a beautiful view.
Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,