“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
As is often the case when I'm looking for inspiration and guidance of what I should write, I pick an oracle card. The card today came from Doreen Virtue's Life purpose oracle cards. The card that I pulled was "Leadership". The card depicts a beautiful scene with Joan of Arc being called by divine guidance to take the lead.Joan of Arc of course lives in the imagination of the world as a symbol of integrity and of purpose, she is the shining example of what a brave spirit can accomplish in the world. Now maybe Joan of Arc at first doubted her ability and experience to take on such a task, but she had faith to follow her calling.
I contemplated this and how it might relate to you the reader, as I reflected that all didn't end too well for poor Joan in championing her cause. Then it occurred to me. The word "LEADERSHIP" sounds some what the same as " LEAD A SHIP" which reminded me of Mark Twain's wonderful quote (above).
The ship is an emblem of joy, happiness and adventure. It usually points to some notable quest at sea.
If the "SHIP" represents you and the "SEA" your journey.Then "lead a ship", is really referring to how you take the helm in your life, how you flow the the sea of life.
Are you brave enough to follow your true calling?
Do you find yourself in the shallow waters, playing it safe, just paddling and dipping your toe in the water of life?
Or do you ride the waves? invigorated and uplifted by the flow of life?
“Don't set sail on someone else's star" ~ African proverb
So are you the captain of your ship right now? or are you allowing someone else to set your compass?
We can all get caught up so easily, following someone else's compass. But then we're not sailing their ship, that's their business. You are the one setting the compass, you are the captain of your own ship. Nothing says you can't sail alongside others on your journey, but not at the cost of your own jounery. By setting sail on someone eles'e star you may find yourself run aground.
Thinking about the wise words of Mark Twain, if you were to fast forward to twenty years from now, what would you want to be saying about how you sailed your ship?
Where would the wind in your sails have taken you?
What explorations would you have undertaken? What dreams would have come true? What would you have discovered about yourself, your life and it's meaning?
I urge you today to focus for a moment on "LEADERSHIP" or "LEAD A SHIP" if you like and take charge.
Now's the time - You are ready to take take the role of captain of your ship.Maybe you've been dreaming of what it would be like to truly take the lead in your life. Or you may have been called by a cause close to your heart, perhaps you've thought "Somebody should do something about that", well let me tell you............... you are that somebody!
You may not feel completely prepared or ready, but do you know what?
You're in the perfect place, right here, right now....
Start from where you are, start now, start today, take the first step....What's really, truly stopping you?
In the blink of an eye it will be twenty years from now. Will you be disappointed by the things you didn't do, or delighted by the things you did do?
A ship in a harbour is safe, but that's not why ships were built!
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Go ahead, lead the way!
Until next time,
make every moment count.
(swimming happily in the seas of life)
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“Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be”
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