Posted by: Diane | April 22, 2014

A Foot In Cold Water

Early yesterday morning, Phoenie earned a toonie for keeping his foot in cold Lake Simcoe water for ten seconds . . . and he didn’t get “a headache in his foot for doing so.” (You know that feeling, right?)

A Foot In Cold Water

According to a recent satellite picture, 99% of this lake is still frozen . . . but our little stretch of waterfront has thawed. Don’t let this picture fool you — the water is calm but it’s freezing! Submerging your foot in ice cold water is an age-appropriate challenge to take on when you’re nine years old. Phoenie was that kid who used to cry when he got sand in between his toes. He’s come a L-O-N-G way and it’s wonderful that he is learning to embrace challenges.

“Hand over the toonie, Papak!”

toonie for Phoenie

What age-appropriate challenges are you embracing today?

Life was not meant to be lived as“same old, same old” – every day is to be touched, smelled, seen, heard and tasted. It’s not about being entertained — it’s about being realizing how much we do not know and being energized by all that is around us to explore.

I once read, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” and there is great truth to this statement. The more we settle into a couch potato perspective on life, the smaller our lives become. We stop learning. We close up. We self protect. We judge.

We don’t grow when life is easy, yet so many people program themselves for predictability, rather than aiming themselves for adventure. It doesn’t have to be one or the other — as Christians, we can know deep stability and still strive to thrive.

If you’re waiting for that perfect time to venture out, stop waiting — just do it. None of us know what tomorrow will bring. Challenges come in all sizes, shapes and seasons, so look for them. When we rise up to tackle challenges, the windows on life swing open and fresh air billows in.

Challenge accepted

Life in Christ is enriched.

Mortality is internalized.

Adventures on bucket lists are ticked off.

Relationships are nurtured.

Self esteem grows.

Forgiveness is released.

Wisdom is shared.

Creativity abounds.

Kindness spreads. Peace covers all.

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4.13 

. . . and don’t think you’re ever too old for challenges. Take a look at this!


  1. BRAvo Phoenie. and bravo to Paddy. Thanks for the challenge to take on some challenges. Maybe by 80 I’ll be dancing again!

    • …and I hope I will be right there, watching you, Karen!

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