Having been born on the southern shore of a Great Lake (Erie) and aboard ships in the Navy, I’m clearly aware of the supreme challenge of steering when the ship is dead in the water.
Some sail must be hoisted (spiritual acceptance) or the engine must turn (will power) to go this way or that.
Maps are good for life-navigation, too ( I like the spiritual ones, myself ).
So, your sails are hoisted and ya gotta map…
Where ya goin’ ?
It’s been said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there…”
Gotta make those choices and take responsibility for wherever you end up on life’s ocean.
“Therefore, mere knowledge is not sufficient for complete human attainment. The teachings of the Holy Books need a heavenly power and divine potency to carry them out….volition is necessary…”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 249
I cannot get over how you convey such powerful thoughts in so few words. It is a real talent you have. As you know it takes me pages and then I whittle down and whittle down, and down and down…. 🙂
I love this whole post and particularly like your line: “Gotta make those choices and take responsibility for wherever you end up on life’s ocean.” Thank you! I absolutely agree. I thought about that and how when I was younger it was sometimes hard to take responsibility for my choices (or lack of choices — which is still a choice), I wanted to blame the world, especially when I ended up somewhere that was painful or not quite right, etc. But for a variety of reasons I did learn quite young to take full responsibility for my life. I learned that every time I blamed Life, the world, someone else…I lost myself. I gave away my power or inner strength…or soul. What I grew to like about taking responsibility was the sense of complete freedom it gave me. I was at peace. Learning to love myself no matter what I did or didn’t do helped me to embrace ALL of me (my humanity), even my mistakes (if there is such thing).
Thank you so much my friend. Good post.
My, my Robin…
Thank you for gracing this blog with such a perceptive and understanding comment !