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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
I've said it before and I'll say it again: swimming gets no love.
It's been booted off high school and college athletic programs for no good reason and with nary a warning.
It's mikstankenly believed to be an easy sport by non-swimmers. (NOTE: I have had football players tell me they couldn't hang with the swim schedule my son powers through, just saying.)
It's not relevant in popular culture in non-Olympic years.
Hmpf all over the dang place.
You have no idea how hard swimmers work if you don't swim or have not given birth to someone who does.
But life is like that. You work and work and work some more.
You study and train and cross-train and eat, breathe, and sleep your sport.
You endure nerve-wracking pressure. You train eight months for an event that lasts 44 seconds.
You give it your all and the guy in the lane next to you edges you out by a thumbnail. Literally.
You're dejected, disappointed, downtrodden. And then, bam, just like that, you win your next event and qualify for finals.
Where you start the process all over again. And it's awesome.
So, hang in there, swimmers of life. Your Mom will always be your #1 fan (Dad, too) and she knows you will crush it --- no matter what.
So just keep swimming, keep swimming...
Mt 11:28-30 Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."