A couple of months ago it felt like I got blown off course. I don’t mean totally directionless, but just not quite on course. I know when this happens because I start to see trees, islands and other ships and stuff that I am not accustomed to seeing. Curiosity, adventure or being a careless helmsman can all contribute to going off course.
Staying with the sailboat metaphor helped me get back on course:
Learn to re-set the sails while sailing in unfamiliar water.
When we develop a solid life compass, we can usually return to proper navigation rather quickly.
Strange water is challenging but not for long… we know the course… we know the way…or we will shipwreck.
Our alarm and danger buzzer goes off much faster than it used to.
Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur wrote:
“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
Our job as sailors is to prepare and learn as much as possible about navigation and the art of sailing… then trust and follow the Great Skipper.
(I’ve had about all this boat-talk I can handle… I’m sinking.)
“Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Jesus