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I was kayaking with my friend Keith, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not match his pace. Exhausted from trying to keep up, I finally asked him the secret behind his paddling success.

His answer was simple: Steady, assured strokes allowed the craft to react to the force applied by the blade of his paddle. As with many situations in life, the surface of the water and the undercurrents are unpredictable, but experience had shown him how to anchor his paddle effectively. Despite the changing seascape, Keith's craft glided forward as if powered by a motor.

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