Life And A Canoe: 6 Quotes That Make The Two Very Similar

Every considered how riding in a canoe relates to life? No? Well, then these quotes are going to give you a new perspective on canoeing or life or both!

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1. Think Of This Quote When Your Relationship Is Rocky

A relationship is like a canoe. It has to be balanced or it won’t work – Unknown

This is a good quote for anyone not yet in a relationship! You wouldn’t get in a canoe with someone who is flailing all over the place, nor should you get into a relationship with someone like that. You’re going to tip over again and again if you do.

But, if you are in a relationship, remember this when things get rocky. You must find your way back to balance if you want to keep going forward in your relationship. If you can’t, you are going to tip over and stay where you are until you can find that balance again.

2. You Don’t Want To Fall Out Of Your Canoe When You Are Up Shit Creek!

Sometimes you end up on shit creek without a paddle in life. The best you can hope for is a sturdy canoe while you float down it.

In other words, don’t rock the boat. Stay calm. Make good decisions. Keep your course. And progressively move forward so you can get out of there and not risk falling in and getting stuck.

3. Make Your Own Direction In Life

Love everyone. Trust few. Paddle your own canoe. – Proverb

If you let other people paddle your canoe for you, then you are going to end up where they take you. Love everyone and treat them with respect. But don’t trust that they are going to paddle your canoe in a direction that is right – or even good – for you. Choose your own path and paddle your own canoe.

4. Make A Choice

With one foot in the canoe, and one foot on shore, you are sure to fall into the river. — Tuscarora proverb

There are two ways this proverb relates to life.

First, do you want to progress in life? Stay in the canoe. Keep paddling. Keep going forward. If you have one foot in and one foot out, you are going to fall into the river and get wet, miserable, and even stuck. Don’t get scared of what’s to come. Don’t pull over because you are worried. Always keep moving slowly, calmly, making the best decisions you can.

Second, when you make a decision, stick with it. Don’t stand in-between choices, because eventually, you are going to fall in and go nowhere. Do this or do that instead of standing with one foot on each path.

5. Life Will Get Everyone Wet

A canoe does not know who is king. When it turns over, everyone gets wet. ~ Malagasy Proverb

As you travel through life, you are going to get wet if things get too bumpy and the canoe tips. Nobody escapes getting wet – not him, not her, not you. So don’t get mad when you do tip over and get wet. Instead, accept it as a part of life.

6. We May Be In Different Boats, But We Are All Paddling Forward On The Same River

Even though you and I are in different boats, you in your boat and we our canoe, we share the same river of life. What befalls me befalls you. And downstream our children will pay for our selfishness, for our greed, and for our lack of vision. — Oren Lyons

I love this quote, especially right now.

It’s important to remember that when things get rocky for one person, they get rocky for everyone in some way. We all have to deal with the consequences of crap being thrown in our way while floating down the river, especially when it’s huge crap thrown there by people with a lot of power.

Life is not all about you. You are sharing this world with many other people. Make sure you do your part to keep the river clean and usable for everyone.

Think about the people who are sharing the river with you and those who have yet to travel it.


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