A Rock With a Rudder is Not a Ship!

by Mike on April 11, 2010

A Rock With a Rudder is Not a Ship!

It has often been said that a ship without a rudder or a course will not reach its destination. That may be true. But most people are not ships, they’re more like rocks or boulders. It doesn’t matter whether a boulder has a rudder or a course – it’s not going anywhere. A ship is built to travel the rivers and oceans. A boulder stays in one place for most of its existence. Are you a ship built to move or a boulder built to stay in one place?

On the other hand, a great vessel can take you or me on to great adventures or simply to the same places over and again. Once you have the vessel, what you do with determines your life. Will you take your great vessel on a trip around the block or around the world?

I’ve had great adventures and I’ve had extended stays in port. I need the adventures, but I also need those stays in port. I always hope to be able to answer the call to adventure when it comes, but while I’m in port, I hope to relish that time as well. Adventures are important, but reflection on those adventures makes them a part of my life, my story.

If a person doesn’t answer the call to adventure, what’s their story?

From John O’Donahue – “Beauty does not linger, it only visits. Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us to its rhythm, it call us to feel, think and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful. A life without delight is only half a life.”

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