Sometimes your life feels like you are cruising on an ocean liner, everything is going smoothly. Other times, like that time, it felt like I was in a tiny boat, going up and down on turbulent waves that were crashing all around me, cresting over me.
“I am in your boat.”
How lovely to know that I was not alone in that boat. How lovely to have family and friends, people who assure you, “You don’t even need to turn around to check to see if I am here. I don’t care how small your boat is. I am in your boat.”
They are the ones who tell us:
“If your boat goes up, I am going up with you.
If your boat goes down, I am going down with you.
Up or down, I am with you.”
The ocean may be now calm, now stormy. The best of friends are the ones who are with us come hell or high water — or the security of a shore.
There’s more. There is a grace about not having to turn around to check to see if our closest friends and loved ones are in our boat. Sometimes it takes all that we have to breathe, to row, to stay afloat. And we don’t have the mental energy to check to see who, if anyone, is in our boat. Blessed are those friends who reach forward, gently placing their hands on our shoulder, around our waist, to let us know that they are with us.
We learn a lot about the people who stay in our boat during the storm. Sometimes it’s exactly who you expect. Sometimes there are those whom we expect to be in our boat, and at the moment of deepest crisis, they go missing. Maybe they were trying to survive in their own boat. It’s been said before: Whenever possible, be kind; you never know what battles others are fighting.
Sometimes there are people whom you knew were close to you, but it is honestly a pleasant surprise to find them sticking right with you, right behind you, faithfully in your boat. When you get to the shore of safety, these are the friends to cherish. One lifetime is not enough to live this gratitude.
In life, learn who’s in your boat.
Learn to be in others’ boats.
Cherish your boat.
Cherish your ride.
Cherish your life.
I have been truly struggling lately with back issues and not getting results in the treatments they told me I needed. My local chiropractor has been there for me through thick and thin and so have many of my friends here especially Doc you know who you are and I need you to know I appreciate you so and would be lost the last few days without your expertise and love and support your friendship means more to me than you will ever know!!!!