At times we are paddling along with the current, making minor adjustments, enjoying the scenery. At other times, we are using every ounce of our beings to paddle against the current, fighting inch by inch to make up ground, oblivious to anything but the effort that is before us.
I find that as I get older, and hopefully wiser, I desire to be the person designing the course, instead of the one holding the paddle. You see, if you design the course, then you know where the sweet spots are, how to navigate through the course with minimal effort.
So, are you going with the current, enjoying the scenery? Are you paddling up stream, fighting with every ounce? Or are you taking a look at the big picture, designing the course, and navigating smartly through and getting the best time?