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Gems for living a life of wellness. Lessons I have learned, or am learning, during this crazy journey through life.

Life is not easy.  Best to thank God–or whoever or whatever you choose to so thank–it is so.  If it were easy, we wouldn’t be tested, tried, forged in the fire of life.  We wouldn’t grow or learn or change, or even have a chance to rise above ourselves.

So trying to be thankful that life is a struggle some of the time is a good practice.  Remember, only dead fish swim with the stream.  For the rest of us, there will be times when it’s simply an uphill, upstream struggle.  We have to keep swimming or be swept away.  But with each flick of the tail, each surge of our fins makes us stronger and fitter.

salmon on justruminating men's blogTry to see each setback as a challenge, as an opportunity for growth.  Thinking of life any other way will have you dead in the water in no time.

There’s a reason why, for men, retirement is a bad idea.  A study showed that lots of retirees die within a relatively short time of handing in their charge cards.  They have ceased to swim against the current and got swept away.

Struggles don’t come to an end, but there are lulls in-between–backwaters where we can rest for a while and enjoy the moment before the next obstacle gets thrown our way.  And that’s what life is, what it is meant to be: a series of struggles and lulls.  And whatever situation you are in now, it’s going to change.

salmon3Keep swimming, little fish, keep swimming.