After my hike yesterday, I knew my legs were going to be feeling a little sore. So to be proactive, I fired up the hot tub. I was probably a little overzealous with the temperature, however. Entering 103 degree water (which may have been perfect in the winter) made my toes burn and my skin tingle. I decided to wait and let my body adjust to the temperature. The jets were amazing for those sore muscles, but I soon realized that the water was just too hot.
The solution? Of course! Get out of the hot tub (well, first turn the temperature down a bit) and lay on the trampoline. Not jump on the trampoline, just lay there to cool down. I could feel the steam rising from my skin, and as I watched the twinkling stars, I was aware of the slow transition from hot to just-right to a little bit chilly. Once I was on the verge of being too cold—back to the hot tub.
Hot and cold—contrasts. I moved from one to the other, trying to find balance. Isn’t that how life is? Too much of this, too little of that. We adjust, we fine-tune, we change this or that. But in the midst of my movement, the stars remained the same up above me.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever strike that balance, that just-right place. Until then, I’ll continue to adjust, to fine-tune, to change. And in the meantime, I’ll enjoy those stars.
Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!