For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.
I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.
We Can't Direct The Wind
But We Can
Adjust The Sails.
This is one of my favorite quotes. I love it because it reminds me that life is all about how we adjust. We don't control any thing that happens to us, certainly not the weather, or events, or even the feelings of others. But we always get to choose how we adjust our sails and change our own course.
I used to have my own small sailboat and took it out on the lake from time to time. I learned to sail, usually with one other person. As someone who lives in Arizona, I found out quickly that you really, really want to have wind when you are out sailing.
On a calm day, the boat can be a little hard to move, and oars are not so pleasant as a sail.
Most of the time, you can find a wind by adjusting the sails and tacking from one side of the lake to another. You have to be careful of the boom though, or you will end up in the water when it moves!
In a lot of ways, sailing taught me about life.
Adjusting can be so hard. Usually, it means to change. For me, change is not something that I look forward to. Actually, I tend to be a little on the pessimistic side. I know it will probably be good for me, but still, I like the known quality about the place I am currently in.
I am surrounded by change and adjustments. Every. Single. Day. There is no way that I can escape any of it. If I try and stay still, the boom of life will knock me right into the waters of discouragement. Moment by moment and step by step, everything changes. I worry too much about the meaning of things instead of just enjoying the moment.
I cannot direct the wind, I cannot change one part of anything that has happened in my life, but I still have power. I have the power to choose how yesterday affects the rest of my today and my tomorrows. I can choose to do better, to live better and to become better. I can choose to adjust the sails.