Rise Gently And Slowly

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Scuba diving is a sport that grows more and more popular every year. But those who take it up must be aware of the scuba divngdangers it poses. One of the biggest threats is decompression illness, or “the bends.” While divers are underwater, they breathe compressed air; its pressure is equal to that of the water around them. If the diver stays down a long time and dives deeply, his body absorbs a great deal of compressed gas. If he then ascends too quickly, his body can’t expel the extra gases slowly enough to avoid the formation of bubbles in his body tissues.

When bubbles form in the brain, spinal cord, or nerves outside the central nervous system, the results can be paralysis, convulsions, lack of coordination, numbness, nausea, speech defects, and personality changes. Divers suffering from decompression must be recompressed in a hyperbaric chamber, and then gradually decompressed while breathing pure oxygen. How can decompression be avoided? By ascending more slowly, with several interruptions along the way. Another method is taking a safety stop for several minutes at a depth of five or six meters. 

When it comes to our career, how quickly do we want to rise to the top? Is it worth getting “the bends” to arrive there faster than everyone else? Each time you dive into your work at the beginning of the day, remember to gradually let go of it at the end of the day. Learn to wean yourself from it so you can relax and recuperate in the company of family and friends. Then you will get a good night’s sleep before strapping on the tank bright and early the next morning. 


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