I get asked a lot “what has been your hardest swim?” Its really hard to answer that question since each swim is different and has its own unique challenge (s).
What I do know is that Loch Ness will be the coldest swim 22 mile swim I’ll do and that makes it a top contender for the hardest swim. Every once in awhile during a quiet moment, I feel angst about the swim. What works for me to lessen the fear is to think about who I’m trying to help and how grateful I am for everyone who has, in any way, helped and supported me.
These eloquent words from John O’Donohue are a poetic version of finding courage for my swim across Loch Ness.
Maybe this will resonate with others no matter the challenge.
“When the light around you lessens, and your thoughts darken until your body feels fear, turn cold as a stone inside, when you find yourself bereft of any belief in yourself, and all you unknowingly learned has fallen, when one voice commands your whole heart, it is a raven dark.
Steady yourself and see that it's your own thinking that darkens your world. Search and you will find a diamond thought of light. Know that you are not alone and that this darkness has purpose. Gradually it will school your eyes to find the one gift your life requires hidden within this night corner. Invoke learning of every suffering you have suffered. Close your eyes. Gather all the kindling about your heart to create one spark.”
My kindling is a school full of Afghan kids.
From: To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings