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“Life’s Momentum”

Exactly one week ago I canoed on a river for the first time.

I’ve had considerable experience canoeing across northern lakes.  The proper canoes for that are 18 to 20 feet long with keels.  They are often heavily laden with camping equipment.  It’s usually hard work.  One must consider the wind, but lakes lack significant currents.

River canoes are shorter than lake canoes and have no keels.  Ours were lightly loaded.  As a result, they easily slipped sideways, which is a useful trait in white water.  Partly because it requires almost no paddling but only steering, river canoeing is fun.  The river’s current provides the momentum.

Did you ever wonder what provides the momentum in our lives?

Surely it’s our habits.  I like what Ed Foreman said about them:  “Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with; bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with.”

What are the habits that lead to living wisely, excellently, well?

Does the quality of your habits accurately reflect the quality of your life?

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