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  1. Surprisesaplenty
    Surprisesaplenty February 22, 2016 at 9:52 am . Reply

    The one transferable skill or value I received from my many years of competitive swimming was something akin to meditation. Anyone can, with a little training, swim a long distance. To improve, you have to swim that distance mindfully and such mindfulness allows one to learn and improve faster.

    I am pretty, what, mindless?, much of the time, but I can turn most repetitive acts into forms of meditation now.

    Swimming is far from a team sport because for much of the training and racing, you are limited in your communication. I’d like to think it also taught me a version of fair play – “I want my competitors to perform their best so that when I beat them or am beaten, all will say the result was fair.”

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