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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

LESSONS FROM ROWING: THE ENEMY IS YOUR FRIEND

"It is hard to make that boat go as far as you want to.  The enemy, of course, is resistance of the water, as you have to displace the amount of water equal to the weight of men and equipment, but that very water is what supports you and that very enemy is your friend.  So is life: the very problems you must overcome also support you and make you stronger in overcoming them." GEORGE YEOMAN POCOCK

We can apply this to almost every situation in which we find ourselves.  For instance, when a relationship comes under pressure, your significant other may appear to be the enemy, but he/she is truly your friend.  The relationship dynamic is also your friend.  

The relationship problem is as much about your as it is about your partner. Whilst you may hate the challenges presented by the relationship dynamic, it is those very challenges which evoke you to be your very best, to learn once again to connect and communicate, to learn to love and care and nurture, all the finest qualities of humanity.  The relationship challenges invite you to rediscover your humanity and loveability, and in that sense the enemy is actually your friend.

Let that which challenges you also support and grow you.

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