Diana Nyad

August 22, 2012

Wednesday on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie interviewed endurance swimmer Diana Nyad who was pulled from the water Tuesday morning, prematurely ending her attempted Cuba-to-Florida swim for the fourth time. In vivid detail Diana described a litany of dangers she encountered along the way, the worse part the pain after being bitten repeated by jellyfish, her lips and tongue becoming increasingly swollen overnight. There was hypothermia, sharks and other predators to consider, not to mention powerful waves, and lighting and thunder storms. For a woman in my age group, I don't know how she got as far as she did.

Diana is openly gay. On July 8, 2011, the U.S. gay sports website CompeteNetwork reported on her plans for the 2011 Cuba-to-Florida swim, writing that "the amazing Diana Nyad is a living legend in the swim world, and a role model for the GLBT community." In 2011 she told a reporter that, in contrast to her youth, her drive as a swimmer is no longer propelled by attempts to work through anger manifested from the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager.

This has been a summer of athletes - some successful - others not - all training hard towards their goals, sacrificing much. Diana Nyad said today,

Diana thanked her team - who worked hard over the past three years - saying there are always loses. Yes there are Diana ... but in the end it's about the journey and what we gain from each experience. It's powerful to win and to also discover how we react to loss - each time softening the blow for what comes next based on one's programming. If people understood the program, life would be so easy.

You shouldn't feel you let yourself or others down - you just experience and move on chalking each event up as a learning lesson. Always think, I was programmed to ...... and it turned out ...... Have an alternate plan or trust your programming will bring one. Don't over-think or beat yourself up if you fail or didn't get what you want. Simply conclude, My programming sucked then move on with style. If you chose to become reclusive after too many defeats, that's okay, as you will find ways to keep busy.

This week on the TV series Perception, professor Daniel Pierce, played by actor Eric McCormack, explained to his class - "Free Will is an Illusion". That statement was a Big Win for me ... when I see a truth recognized and explained to the audience for greater understanding. There is no free will, you are just programmed to believe it exists.

As to Diana, her issues reflect the lives of many people around the world. I don't believe she is going to attempt to make the swim from Cuba to Florida again, and who would blame her.

Speaking of Florida, there's a storm headed that way just in time for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Stay tuned ... A storm is coming ...

August 22, 1949

Diana Nyad

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Diana Nyad is an American author, journalist, and long-distance
swimmer noted for her world-record endurance championships.

I'm not a quitter, but the sport and this particular ocean are different than they used to be.
These jellyfish are prolific. And, you know what? To me, there's no joy in that.

Diana Nyad - August 21, 2012

Creation from the Void


Jellyfish's medicine includes - sensitivity to water energy (emotions), understanding of the value of floating rather than swimming through trying emotional times, proper use of softness (not being rigid), ability to become untangled from the webs of peril in life, acceptance and faith - trusting that All That Is will provide the necessary for them to survive. These are the only creatures that rely on movement for the sustenance of their lives - they have almost no ability to move on their own, depending oceans currents and the directions of the wind to move it on the way that it must go. As they move in harmony with the currents of life, they show to us how to flow with the natural forces of Mother Earth. There are some ancient healers who hold the belief that the tapestry of true spiritual knowledge is held within the transparent form of the jellyfish.

If this is your power animal, maintaining balance in all areas of your life is an important lesson for you to learn. When the jellyfish swims into your life, ask yourself if you are flowing with life in a balanced manner or whether you are wasting too much time drifting aimlessly and not enough time actively crossing the currents and heading toward your goals. Watch yourself attentively and study the jellyfish, then balance can be achieved.