This week has been a strange week in that I have felt a bit like a fish out of water, like drowning for us humans. So what does one do in this type of situation? Give up and get into the nearest boat and go to shore OR trust my guide like a blind open water swimmer? No ways was I going to get in a boat and allow the old blue print to win. “I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose”. (Og Mandino)
These thoughts lead me to find out more about blind swimmers, and I was amazed, encouraged, humbled and dumb struck that there are real people who are blind and swim in open water. Not just a dam but crossing the English Channel. This is a tall order for a sighted person let alone a blind person. So the following extract from The Daily News of Open Water Swimming – Blind Faith In The Open Water.
Matt Logan has been kayaking for Pittar for years. He describes the relationship. “Kayaking for James is different to kayaking for a sighted person.” “On the water, it is blind faith. James is blind and has complete faith that I’ll be there to guide him in the shortest possible line to achieve a successful swim. My faith is in his capacity to keep swimming irrespective of bluebottle stings, seaweed wrap around his neck, calm seas, big seas.”
The sincerity is pure.
“There is are no lies. We never try and sugar coat a situation for James. He knows how long he has been in the water. He knows how long it should take him. He knows how he is feeling. We encourage James all the time, when he needs a kick up the bum for slacking off, we stop him and tell him there and then. We don’t wait for the next break, we get straight onto it. This enables us to keep him going at a high leave for a longer period of time. Or it enables us to get on top of any issues he might be experiencing sooner.
The feelings that welled up within me were ones of gratitude to Mark, Davene, Trish and our guides who, to quote Matt Logan “never try and sugar coat a situation” and know when we need a “kick up the bum for slacking off”.
I then pondered what must go through the swimmers mind for a 13 hour swin. There must be a clear goal, the disciplines of training, affirmations, self-belief and continually listening for the whistle of his guide. I am sure there may be moments of doubt possible fear and the swimmer must overcome these with self-talk and knowledge and subconscious thoughts that spur him / her on.
From Og Mandino Scroll 4 “I can accomplish far more than I have, and I do, for why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today?”
I extend the miracle having started with blind faith.
To conclude I quote from the week 17 webinar “I give myself permission to
* learn easily
* complete things with a happy knack
* be happy
* have power”