My good friend, Martin, whom I see about once a visit, told me over a beer at our Dudley Street perch, that coming from the other hemisphere to Oz is  a paradigm shift.  We enter a new reality each time we come to this paradise. We come from the hassles of America and then come to a place where we can look at the beautiful blue empty ocean for 100's of miles until our sight meets the horizon. If we look back we see telephone poles and civilization for miles. 
When we look at the big blue sea all our worries seem insignificant.. all the hate of the human race is dissipated when we look and especially feel the clear refreshing salt water on our bodies..
and we feel only good karma....

I've just opened up this little 2 inch book that I haven't opened since my last visit. Each time I open it up to a page. This time I opened it  up to the last page,
"Walk your path one step at a time with courage, faith, and determination. Keep your head up, and cast your dream to the stars. Soon your steps will become firm and your footing will be solid."

I always use the surf swim race as a metaphor for my struggles in life. I know when I've reached the sand bank after swimming underneath challenging waves. Then I have firm footing ready to dive under the largest wave and come out ready to sprint to the buoy.
I was feeling down yesterday after a poor showing in the race getting down on myself about how I calculated poorly. My handicap at least will go down another 15 seconds so I know I will have an even better chance next week! I am even more excited about the race.
I'm looking forward to my honey working on her bronze at the end of this month. She will be devoting every sunday morning to it while I watch Colin playing on the beach. If she makes it, she can be a lifesaver just like me and her confidence in herself will increase dramatically.

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