There is a moment...
after you've been thrown into
a swimming pool, when your nose fills up with water,
your eyes see only millions of bubbles, and
you don't know if you'll be able to find the surface.
Then you finally get your bearings, firmly plant your feet
on the pool floor, and come up for a breath of air.
After you rub your face with your hands, you begin to laugh.
The last thing you wanted was to be thrown in a pool
with all your clothes on and all your possessions
still in your pocket.
But for that moment after the panic and anger,
when the laughter starts and you notice everyone is
laughing with you, you forget everything.
You just live in that moment.
The moment of relief and the cleansing feeling of the water.
You may even fall back into the water, run your fingers
through your hair, and swim around in your clothes.
You're already wet.
Then you fumble with climbing out of the pool
in your wet clothes, dry off, and watch everyone find their
It's like life.
The last thing you want is to be thrown into situations
that cause moments of panic, loss of sight, and doubt of
ever seeing the surface.
Then life rights itself and you have the cleansing feeling
that everything will be ok.
Dry yourself off.
Start a new day.