"The proper use of imagination is to give beauty to the world..." Lin Yu-T'ang

Friday, May 18, 2012

Safe Harbor

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
William Shedd

I must admit that lately I've been wanting a safe harbor. Somewhere just to relax and avoid any storms. Somewhere to just be. That's not usually the typical response of my adventurous soul, but the last five years has been challenging to say the least. My little ship has successfully (and sometimes miraculously) weathered a number of storms as of late. And with all the crazy weather, I'm a little tired and a little worried about how my little ship will hold up in the midst of another one. I just don't want to press my luck so to speak. I'm in the midst of setting a course that will bring some inevitable twists and turns on my journey and maybe some landings into some new ports. As with any decision, there are the unknowns. You know, the variables and conditions that you just can't plan for; things you just can't foresee that have a tendency to pop up when you least expect them, and are the least prepared for. I'd like to avoid any surprises right now. But adventurous journey's aren't like that, are they? They're filled with surprises and obstacles and challenges to keep things interesting and show you what you're made of . All one can do is plan and prepare the best of one's information and ability, set the course and sail on. I signed up for the adventurous journey. So, while a safe harbor sounds nice and relaxing sometimes, I think I and my little ship would be a bit bored if we stay in the harbor too long. 'Cause ships are for sailing.

"I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know. There we go beyond those limited and limiting patterns of body, emotions, volition, and understanding that have been keeping us in dry-dock. Instead we become available to our capacity for a larger life in body, mind, and spirit. In this state we know great torrents of delight."

~Jean Houston

1 comment:

  1. This post spoke to me...I think I'm kinda in the same place right now. And Jean Houston's words "We harbor a greater life than we know."--I love that.

    Love your blog, too...the ocean, nature photos, art journals...nirvana :)


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