Monday, December 1, 2008

December 1st, 2008 Yahoo – we made it!! I got a reading last winter and the lady said that we were indeed going to sail, but that (at that moment) it looked like we would return in November, after being away only 8 months. I have been wondering if that would come to pass or if we were able to change our course and get onto a new path before that would happen. And we did it!! We changed whatever it was that put us on that path, and now we have a new future. That’s pretty cool!
Kathy gave me this piece yesterday. It is called In Passing, and it comes from ‘Wanderer’ written by Sterling Hayden (1916 – 1986).
‘To be truly challenging, a voyage, like life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea – “cruising”, it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.
‘ “I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these people can’t afford is to not go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security”. And in the worship of security. And in the worship of security, we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it, our lives are gone.
‘What does a person need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, and playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.
‘The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
‘Where, then lies the answer? In Choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of the purse or bankruptcy of life?

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