May 15, 2003.
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott
Life is anything but smooth sailing. As a matter of fact, the water can get down right choppy on occasion. Like it or not, youre going to encounter a number of storms throughout your life adventure.
Some of these storms will blow through rather quickly; while others tend to hang around for what seems like forever. How you handle these tumultuous times will in large measure determine how far you go in life.
"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."
Very few of lifes lessons are learned by floating around in calm waters. While we all prefer the peacefulness of smooth sailing, we oftentimes find ourselves amidst the roughest of seas. Being knocked about and tossed around is no walk in the park, but its no big deal either when you keep your eye on the prize and thats getting where you want to go.
If success in life is about any one thing, its about developing battle tested resiliency and mental toughness. Only this type of toughness, the kind that can pull you through the most turbulent and troublesome times, can help you find the smooth sailing on the other side of the storm.
"The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship."
Only through encountering the roughest of seas, where we are tossed about and hammered the hardest, do we get to test our courage and character. Through taking on these storm surges, without backing down or giving in, we reinforce our faith in ourselves and God given abilities.
By hanging tough and riding out the storm, we learn how to overcome and adapt. And even more importantly, by consistently withstanding the storms of life, we forge within us an indefatigable strength, tenacity and will to win.
"Man cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore."
There will always be some people who prefer to play it safe in life. By remaining in port, anchored close to the shore, they feel insulated from the stormy seas outside of the harbor. But they fail to realize that just like the ship that remains docked at the pier, they will eventually rust out from below. A ship was made for sailing and so were you.
Hey, I know its risky to pull out of the harbor and set sail into unfamiliar waters. And it takes courage to lose sight of the shore and boldly sail into the seas beyond. Theres always a chance that youll encounter stormy waters. But whos to say that the storm wont find its way into the harbor anyway?
Like the ships that power through the roughest of storms and discover the calmer waters beyond, you too can overpower lifes storm surges by staying committed, focused and determined to reach your goals. "Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The 'sure thing' boat never gets far from shore."
How much longer are you going to stay tucked away by the dock, waiting for your ship to come in? How are you ever going to get where youve always dreamed of going by playing it safe or close to the vest?
Wouldnt you dearly love to set sail into the promising future that awaits just over the horizon, just out of sight? Instead of waiting around and hoping your ship makes it to shore, why not plunge into the water and swim out to meet it? And then climb aboard and set sail to your dream destination.
The Bottom Line: Set sail today and set yourself free to live the life you've always imagined.
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