Life, the Ocean
My wife and I recently attended a wedding on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. We flew to Seattle, took a ferry to the island, and drove an additional 4 hours to land in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia. As we left Seattle and cruised away from the U.S. we stood on the back of the ferry and noticed something rather odd.
If you look at the wake of the boat you can see that it consistently swings to the left and the right, divulging the nonlinear path we were on to get to our destination. If we hadn’t seen that, we would have believed that our boat traveled in an perfectly straight line to arrive at our destination. That is in fact the quickest way between two points, correct?
In our lives, don’t we want to arrive at our destination at our earliest opportunity? Don’t we attempt to create linear paths for our steps toward our goals? Sure we do. But the reality is that life continues to throw obstacles and challenges in front of use that derail us from that path, just as the currents and waves did to our boat.
My question is this… do you think the boat — or its captain — gets frustrated by this constant course correction? My opinion would be no, because they are simply working within an existing environment and forces of nature.
Similarly, in our lives we shouldn’t be despaired when challenges come, but instead face them as the actualities of our existence. What’s most important is that we have our eyes on what’s most important and we are constantly course correcting toward that destination.
Let’s take to our lives as a captain does to the sea, braced for what’s ahead…