Two Men & A Canoe

07 Aug 2009


Wow, I've been so busy with other pursuits, I haven't done much here lately (nor have I read up on friends' blogs either). We've been working hard lately on our Pure Jeevan web sites, which will be our primary income once our house sells. And I've been doing nightly video blogs documenting my quest to do 100 pushups/day, 5 days/week. Tonight will be Day 34 of that pursuit! Aside from that, there isn't much extra time in the day.

But, I wanted to quickly document one supremely interesting story developing over at Doc's blog. And, I kind of feel like I've played a small role in it, which makes me extremely happy! You see, about a month ago, Doc had himself one of those cryptic dreams -- one of those ones that scream out for interpretation. I happen to view it as some sort of near-mystical synchronicity that I happen to have had the free time that day to browse and comment on blogs in the first place. As I said, I've really been focusing on other things quite intensely lately. But, I happened to have an opinion on Doc's dream, and explained it at length. (Doc responded to my thoughts, but I actually didn't see that until just now!)

Anyway, fast-forward a week and I recall sitting there one night skimming over my blog feed. I recall laughing out loud in a joyous tone and remarking to my wife that Doc had gone and purchased himself a canoe, which was step one toward realizing a larger dream he'd had for a long time. He'd given me and another fellow a nod for, I suppose, the words we'd offered him based on the signals we'd recognized in that dream he'd had earlier. I was so very busy that night, though, that I didn't really grok the full intention he'd posted there. I think I read "canoe trip" or something, and just nodded to myself, thinking how pleasant that sounded.

But, it turns out, it's not just a simple canoe trip! This thing is monumental !!! Check it out:

... I am planning a trip that will start from my boyhood home in Newark, Ohio down the Licking river (yes, you read that right) to the Ohio and on to the Mississippi in a canoe. ... I have arranged for a week and a half vacation and I am going to live out my dream such as it is. More than anything, we are shooting for distance and the Gulf of Mexico would be nice but that might have to wait for next year.

Holy crap! This isn't some local, small-creek adventure he's talking about. I have no idea how far two people can feasible get in a canoe over a span of a week and a half. But, hey, if the current is with you, well DAMN, you just never know!

Quite interestingly, my wife and I often talk about being "in the flow," which basically means living in a kind of universal grace. It's what happens when everything you're doing comes into alignment -- your beliefs, your actions, your intentions -- with something greater. As a result, super-positive things just sort of manifest almost magically. And when they do, it's easy to recognize yourself as being in the flow. It's like having a streak of good fortune or something. Ideally, I believe you could almost live out your entire life within that flow.

So, I particularly love Doc's story because he's getting into the flow both figuratively AND literally -- and what more powerful flow than a lifelong dream coupled with the power of one of the world's most awesome rivers. However far you make it, Doc (and, I'm envisioning you guys cruising all the way into the Gulf), I'm rooting for you all the way!

Original Comments

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On August 8, 2009, Chris wrote:

Better take Burt Reynolds along with ya ... .he's a good shot with a bow and arrow;)

On August 10, 2009, Doc wrote:

BSUWG- I am deeply flattered at your attention to my "little" trip. I owe you a debt of thanks for spurring me to get off my butt and do this, as it has only been in the works for twenty-two years. When I write the book, your name will be featured prominently in the dedication and I'll mail you a signed copy to whatever address you can name. Thanks buddy!

Chris- Please, no more "Deliverence" jokes. I know to paddle faster if I hear banjo music!


On August 11, 2009, GETkristiLOVE wrote:

I'm rootin' for Doc all the way ... .

And can we get to the Beaver jokes now? I've waited long enough.

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