Every morning, as faithful as the sun, we slip into the silky smooth waters of our community pool. Suspended between heaven and earth we become otters, dolphins, mermaids basking in an element that challenges our normal breathing process. Although swimming is a somewhat solitary pursuit, we are kept company by the watery ghosts of those next to us. Swimming is the least stressful exercise I know and the most peaceful. We can swim languidly letting our minds wander where they will or we can swim energetically pursuing an endorphin high. When followed by a hot soak, an invigorating shower and various ministrations of body gel, shampoo and moisturizers, we are ready for whatever the day brings.