Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Time to hit the high seas

Have you ever thought about what it must have been like for the early European explorers looking for another route to India?
Guys like Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky set sail in a totally uncharted direction.

They really didn't know if they would find what they were looking for, or even find anything at all.
The prevailing wisdom was that you would fall off the edge of the world.
But they had to see for themselves.
Even if they died in the attempt.
Or found something, but weren't able to return home to tell everyone about it.
They had two choices: Safety, or adventure. The boring known, or the potentially dangerous unknown. The finite, or possible infinite wonder.

Like a quote I was recently reminded of (Thanks Christine!):
"When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But … that is not what great ships are built for." Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs
All of us are in the same boat (pardon the pun). We don't know where our lives could take us. We can stay in a place of safety, or hit the high seas and find adventure.
Care to hold hands with me as we pull anchor, set the sails, and leave the harbor?

1 comment:

Christine said...

hiya... just catching up on some blog reading... the quote you mention here is one of my favs...


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