The best swimmer leaves no . . .
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 17th, 2009

I just received a gift copy of the book Born to Run from TI enthusiast Ben Lawrence of State College PA.

No, not the song by The Boss. The book by Christopher Mc Dougall about the Tarahumara Indians, who are geniuses at distance running.

I opened the book 10 minutes ago and the very first words are these:

“The best runner leaves no tracks.”  Tao Te Ching

Naturally I immediately began thinking of an equivalent from the Tao TI Ching.

My first thought was: “The best swimmer leaves no wake.”

A worthy intention, but not achievable. Still I’ve swum with that intention often and always swam/felt better as a result.

But a completely achievable intention, and one I acted on many times and can do consistently now is: “The best swimmer leaves no bubbles.”

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