One of the more important things I’m thankful for is my present day health. It’s especially important because I endured several years in the early 1990s when it wasn’t always the best.
After finally working through a number of diagnoses to find the cause, and remedy it, I set out to improve what had been lost. Swimming is an important component to that quest.
I’m fortunate to live near to California Family Fitness, which has a great gym, and really nice swimming pools.
One winter evening while swimming laps, I noticed the pool looked something out of Dante's Inferno, or maybe a witch-and wizard's convention in Yellowstone Park. The temperature of the air was much cooler than the 82° warmth of the pool. And, it was generating mists swirling up into the air. The only illumination came from below, from the underwater lights, and through the mists, it looked something like hell. The swimmers struggled back and forth - often two in each lane, of the lap pool. They were barely visible and gave the impression of tortured souls in purgatory - Flitting about from one group of tortured souls to another in their section of the pool.
And there I was with them - but with one very defining realization. I was not in stress or pain, and as I looked downward in the pool, as I stroked through the water, the illumination of the lights, made me realize I was seeing a very bright and real light at the end of a tunnel. And, it was all a journey to stress free health!
This month Debbie Reynolds (the Real Debbie Reynolds) is hosting a 10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge. This is Day 5.