I like to swim; no I love to swim. I’m willing to drag myself out of the bed on a freezing cold morning at 6 am, and drive 25 minutes so I can go swimming (it helps that Cherie likes to swim also). There’s nothing quite like the sensation of chlorinated water coursing along your body while you glide along the surface propelling yourself along. It’s kind of like what it might feel to fly…if we could fly without aid. The only problem with swimming in a pool is that it can get a little boring, especially if you are counting laps.
After about lap 7, you begin to wonder, “am I on lap 8 or 7?” I keep track in tens, but I confess, sometimes I get finished and wonder if I did, 10…or 9…or 11 (Ah!!!!!! Too few is fine, too many is torture!).
Enter Cherie with an elegant solution. She prays for one prayer request per lap. If you start with 10 prayer requests and pray one per lap, when you finish, you’ve swum ten laps. I tried it this morning and it worked well. I did 40 laps, and had 36 prayer requests prayed for (yeah, I forgot this plan until lap 5…).
So if you’re doing something boringly repetitive, perhaps some praying while you’re doing it? Who knows what the results might be.