Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A Tough Swim Check
On June 19th, 2010 - The Camp Loll Water Front staff and some friends took their swim-checks.
You might think that a hundred yards is not so far to swim. The guys told me there was ice on the water, but I can't see it.
Of course the snow on the bank might intimidate some.
But not these guys. Some times I feel like bragging that they are tougher than your average camp staff, but then, doesn't that go without saying.
"A Tribe called the Sacae . . . have never been reduced to subjection . . . living in high mountain country, well-wooded and covered with snow. They are also formidable warriors." ("Thermopylae, The Battle for the West" by Ernle Bradford)
Some years ago I spoke with a Captain in the Marine Corps. A hero of the Battle of the Euphrates; he explained to me that he had faced many challenges as he progressed through his service in the Marines. He told me that he swam a mile in Lake of the Woods in 1986, and that not matter how difficult things got, he always reminded himself that however tough the challenge was, at least it wasn't as hard as swimming a mile in Lake of the Woods. Facing and overcoming the difficult makes us strong.