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Monday, April 30, 2007

Row, row, row your boat

by Kevin Scott Collier

I am a sucker for symbolism. It doesn't matter where I am or what I am doing, I am always searching for meaning behind the simplest of things.

I took my adopted 9-year-old son fishing in a rowboat on a Sunday and discovered he had never been inside such a boat. In fact, he did not know how to use the oars to make it move.

As Jarod swung the oars back and forth trying to figure it out, I sat on a seat facing him and grabbed hold of the oars, too. Now there were two of us working together. I began to think about how it takes two to make anything meaningful work. Alone, Jarod was struggling to move us both. With four hands on the oars, we were moving each other. We were going forward together ... physically and emotionally.

Life is about moving forward and leaving troubled waters behind.

Simply existing is like rowing with only one oar. You'll only go in circles.

One can row alone with two oars in the water, but you will arrive alone wherever the destination. True journeys invite company. Not just anyone, but someone special. Togetherness is the true power of navigating through life, and the destination is love.

Jarod and I rowed around for a short while. He commented, "This can be boring." I responded, "Only if you are alone." He smiled brightly.

1 comment:

Mom & Montana said...


Another awesome blog. How blessed are we to have you in our family and how blessed are you and your son to have each other. Love you lots,

Mom & Montana