Be The Sail

Strong, powerful, flexible, adaptable, aware, present. Be The Sail.

Sailing is my personal life metaphor; constantly demanding the sailor’s awareness and presence. I used to sail on a lake in Indiana when I was a kid, and that metaphor has carried me through my life. When I’m sailing on the water, leveraging the wind against the sail, it’s about accepting the situation, letting it be, trusting, and being present, because there are only so many things I can control in the dynamic of the wind, and potentially the storm. The dichotomy of the storm is stillness, and no wind—a condition of peace and quiet, letting it be, being aware, and understanding through experience that I am here on this journey for a reason. My metaphor of sailing— letting it be, and trusting the process—has facilitated my perspective. I’ve learned that paying attention, being aware, and being present are powerful states of being. A sail is a simple, elegant, powerful device that leverages the force of the wind into forward motion of a vessel; converting force and power into motion and momentum. A sail might look flat when lying on the ground, but once it’s hoisted, it becomes a three-dimensional, curved surface; in essence an airfoil, designed to facilitate “flight.”

“Hoist your sail, and fly! If not now, when?”