This week we will earnestly attempt to tackle the word BUOYANT. Although there are at least three approved definitions by our preferred dictionary, Merriam-Webster, we found that they clearly depict it as the ability to rise above, be cheerful while doing it and maintaining it at a satisfactory high level. We typically do not embrace all of the definitions and certainly not all in the same post, but as the author I find myself unable to separate the definitions as it applies to the human spirit. I’d like to go on record and say that life is fair. I know many of you are preparing to rebut this post with your life’s story as corroboration of your mistreatment. Before you do, consider this – life treats everyone the same. Everyone has what they would consider problems, troubles, situations that they would rather not have happen. Everyone at one time or another has suffered from the effects of failure. No one person’s life is perfect. From that perspective I would like to reiterate that life is fair! The difference is the individual’s ability to displace the minutia and rise above the problems, situations, distractions, happenstance and or occurrences. To measure if an object is buoyant requires mathematical skills and some water. However if you want to know if a person has a BUOYANT spirit just look at the stuff that they have endured. If you have ever tried to float in a swimming pool you’ll discover that in order to do so you must first lean back and then relax. If you are tense and in possession of a tight posture you will sink. Likewise in life if you are tense and less than cheerful while going through, you are bound to sink. Finally, maintaining buoyancy is about longevity, endurance, and staying the course. Floating for an instance does the object little to no good; if the journey is longer than the individual can maintain, then he/she may as well not even venture beyond the front door. Somebody Shoulda Told Me That living this life is about long journeys, long distance goals and out living long-lasting problems. I know now and so do you.
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