If you've done any white water rafting, you know how exciting it can be. On the first rapid of my first trip I remember the guide yelling, "Row. Row! Row fast!!!" But I did not want to go fast. I wanted to slow down, I preferred to try passing through the rapid "nice and easy."
That was a mistake. We spun and bounced and nearly capsized. On the next rapid, I dug in with my paddle and rowed like mad. We shot through like an arrow.
I learned the hard way that if you travel down a river at or below the speed of the river's current, you have no control over where you're going. You can see the rocks and whirlpools ahead but you have no say as to whether you hit them or go around. Plus, it takes more energy to slow your boat than to speed up. By going slower than the current, you might get through the rapids unscathed but you will feel as significant as a,...
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