“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ William Shedd …
Why would anyone buy a ship if they only intended to leave it in the harbor? That would be quite a silly waste of money and resources. However, many of us live our lives in such a manner that we seldom leave port with our vessels. You see, we are a lot like ships on a journey through life; our souls can stay anchored in the harbor where they feel safe, or they can set sail out on the sea of the unknown. Our ships will grow old with age either way, however, a ship in harbor will never get to experience the ocean; it will never chance the voyage or get to see what is out there over the next wave.
Safety is nice in life, but when we are completely safe, holed up in our fortresses, we cannot really do much. To do things, we have to be able to leave the safety of the harbor and take risks. The key is finding a balance between safety and risk. That is where we can find happiness and fullness in our lives.
When my life draws near the end, I do not want to be faced with disappointments and regrets because I was afraid to take a chance and sail my ship. It is only out there, on the uncharted waters of my life, that I can ask the questions and find the answers that I am searching for in life. So whenever you find yourself becoming anchored in the harbor… remember, ships are built for sailing… they are made to withstand the winds and waves of the ocean.
Set sail and live your life to the fullest.
Questions to consider:
Are you willing to take chances in life, or do you keep your ship in port?
What disappointments might you face in twenty years? What things can you do now to avoid them?
What are some decisions you are facing now that may require you to take some risks?
For further thought:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.” ~ Mark Twain