“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd
Of course we cannot spend all our time in the “harbor.”
A boat is for sailing, and fulfilling the intent of the boat; it might be a fishing boat, or a container ship, or a kayak…
Every boat has a purpose.
The harbor has a purpose though. It’s where boats – and their crews and captains – go for rest and renewal, to look at what worked and what didn’t out on the water and to make plans for the next voyage.
The fact is that we do need to renew our Selves.
We need to rest and recuperate.
We need to let our muscles – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual– recover, grow and strengthen.
We need to take stock and reflect on what has worked and what hasn’t.
We need to look at how we are changing and growing and make plans for our next voyage.
It is as important to sail our ship for its intended purpose as it is to rest, reflect and renew our ship.
Without proper maintenance any ship will eventually fall apart.