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  • Writer's pictureKeith Dussia

Love's Easy Flow: Navigating the Rapids with a Paddle of Humor

Ah, love. That age-old riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, and often described as hard work. But, drawing from the colorful tapestry of my own experiences, I've come to a rather unconventional conclusion: love isn't hard work; it's more like floating down a river on a raft, occasionally hitting rapids, sure, but mostly just enjoying the flow. And what's the secret to navigating this river, you ask? A sturdy paddle of humor, a sprinkle of wisdom from our friends Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, and the willingness to embrace the occasional splash.

Navigating love with humor has been my paddle in the sometimes choppy waters of relationships.
Love's Easy Flow: Navigating the Rapids with a Paddle of Humor

Let's rewind a bit to my days of youthful exuberance, where love felt like playing football – running headlong into things, sometimes scoring, often getting tackled, and not infrequently ending up face-first in the mud. Back then, I thought love was a game where effort (and a bit of strategic footwork) guaranteed victory. Oh, how the times (and I) have changed!

My journey, peppered with the teachings of luminaries like Byron Katie, taught me to question my beliefs about love being hard work. "Is it true?" I'd ask myself, channeling Katie while sitting across from a date, wondering why we were both making a simple dinner feel like a summit negotiation. The realization dawned on me: Love wasn't meant to be a laborious trek uphill both ways in the snow; it was supposed to flow.

Eckhart Tolle whispered in my ear about the power of the present moment, especially during those times when my partner and I would sit on the couch, lost in our individual worlds of past grievances or future anxieties. I learned that love flourishes in the "now," not in the "what ifs" or the "remember whens." Suddenly, those couch sessions transformed from silent movies to vibrant dialogues, punctuated with laughter and the occasional throw pillow for dramatic effect.

Navigating love with humor has been my paddle in the sometimes choppy waters of relationships. Remember the time I tried to impress a date with my culinary skills, only to discover that the smoke alarm was the most sensitive critic in the room? Or the family gatherings where introductions of significant others felt like a reality TV show audition? Those moments taught me that laughter isn't just medicine; it's the glue that binds hearts together.

And let's not forget the wisdom of personal growth giants who've influenced my path. Jim Rohn once said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Well, I decided to spend time with laughter, resilience, empathy, adventure, and love itself. Suddenly, my love life felt less like hard work and more like a joyous collaboration with the universe.

Through the rapids of past relationships, the serene stretches of self-discovery, and the occasional whirlpool of "what on earth was I thinking?" moments, I've learned that love, in its truest form, flows. It's not about straining against the current but paddling along with it, using humor to navigate, and the teachings of those wiser for guidance.

In the end, my history, with all its twists and turns, has shown me that love isn't a battleground but a river journey, where the best moments come from the flow, not the fight. And as for the hard work? Well, that's reserved for figuring out who's turn it is to do the dishes. But even then, a little humor goes a long way. Here's to love's easy flow, and may we all navigate its waters with a smile.


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