"Even treading water has its place"

When I was in my early teens, my family joined a beach club. In addition to the ocean, there was the opportunity to swim in a large indoor pool. I expressed a wish to take swimming lessons and approached my first lesson with eagerness. I still recall the disappointment to which I yielded when the instructor began to teach me the fundamentals of treading water.

"But treading water isn't what I want to learn. I don't want to stand still; I want to get somewhere. I want to swim the length of the pool and ..."

"Young lady," interrupted the instructor, "how do you expect 'to get somewhere' if you can't even keep your head above water? How can you 'swim the length of the pool' if you can't maintain your present position? Someday you will learn that at times even treading water has its place."

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The Time of Harvest
May 1, 1965

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