"Unexpected turbulence." Is there such thing as expected turbulence? Even when the captain announces that it is coming, we don't know exactly when. This of course, rings true in daily life as well (as turbulence unfortunately is not just reserved for airplanes). It is a constant reminder that there is only so much to control and that there can actually be some relief in surrendering to that. Actually, if you change your perspective and see it as an adventure, it can turn out to be fun.
The river is one of my happy places both physically and when I am only able to go there in my mind. Kayaking down Rapids was something I was taught how to do at a very young age by my father, whose intention it was too make me the most self-sufficient human I could be. Thanks Dad. My favorite example of this was probably the time I was wearing a dress... Yes it happens every once in a while... And got a flat tire. I didn't think twice about getting out of the car after pulling over to put on my spare. The looks and responses that I received when I declined help over and over again were quite amusing. Anyways, navigating down Rapids takes a few things... For one, it is important to know what to look for (hidden rocks under the surface and the V that you steer your boat right through the center of). it also takes some strength and determination ( you can't just sit back and relax and expect that boat to find that the V itself). In addition, one must be open and willing to embrace the unexpected (inevitably you are going to have to bail sometimes and get back to that boat to keep on going).
When that unexpected turbulence happens in a plane, and life, or in a boat, there is an element needed of SURRENDER. you have done all you can do. The steering in the right direction has been accomplished to the best of our knowing and ability as we have been vigilant of our surroundings. Not only does it take strength to do all of the planning and paddling and steering, but it also takes a tremendous amount of surrender, to trust, to know that you have done everything possible you can do; to sit back, relax, and ENJOY the ride. You never know what new and beautiful horizons could await you.
I choose to EMBRACE the unexpected turbulence...