Catch the wind.

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I’ve learnt so much about life while sailing. Like life there is always a “prevailing wind” or “current”. You can’t change that, but if it happens to be contrary to where you want to go, you can still use it by tacking (taking a zig zag course to your objective). You can “lose the sails” (reducing the pull of the wind) and continue to hold the tiller the way you want to go, (which generally works) but sometimes you just have to “go with it”. You seemingly give in to the wind and circle round coming back at it with that extra bit of speed to help make the turn. You have to learn to use it, not let it use you. Steadfastly maintain your direction but be prepared to give in and go full circle if needed. Just be determined to get there no matter how long it takes, how many zigs and how many zags.

Use it but don’t let it overwhelm you or push you where you don’t want to go, or get you stuck in the reeds. If you wave wildly a “power boat” will usually eventually come along and pull you out (an awesome fellow human or God himself) but better not to go there if you can avoid it – it may take a while!

Embrace the wind, enjoy the ride, feel exhilarated, be prepared to adapt to it, but keep your true course with determination. Happy life sailing!

Just a sign in an antique shop window.

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It’s strange how some tiny “key” opens giant doors in your mind, as if God himself had whispered some profound truth. I’d seen the old sign many times as we passed the shop to and from school, but till yesterday I’d never noticed the line, “Live like Heaven is come on earth”.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, don’t wait for it to come in actuality, live that way now! It’s very hard to explain in words. Heaven is here already, God’s love living in our hearts.To bring something to pass you must first be able it visualize it, that’s how miracles happen someone visualizes and believes.

Reading any news report we can see that Heaven has yet to take over from the hate, greed and selfishness of earth, yet we can live as if it has in our hearts, our actions. I agree with Napoleon, “impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” I’ve done a great many “impossible” things in my life. World peace is impossible, an end to poverty is impossible, an end to hate, greed, selfishness is impossible, but is it? If we all lived as if Heaven had come on earth these things would end of themselves and even if we are one among thousands somehow that tilts the scale just a little, like happy gas released into the atmosphere and within our little bubble we could know and share the joys of Heaven..