By Vernalee
Last week, I stopped at PF Chang to pick up one of my favorite meals, Honey Chicken.
I am always anxious to open and read the message contained in my fortune cookie. My fortune cookie had this messsge.
“We can’t change the wind but we can adjust the sails!”
Intriguing, I’ll say.
We can’t change the wind, but we can adjust the sails is an expression that really means that –
we cannot control the things around us, but we can control our attitude, our actions and make our own choices.
Based upon the recent occurrences of hurricanes, we can attest to the fact that the power/strength of the wind and its path/direction cannot be controlled. To complex the matter even further is that we cannot see the wind. For certain, we can feel and see it effects. We can also hear its sometimes roar.
Sails, on the other hand, have a visible physical presence. Their triangular shape moves majestically as the power of the wind powers the movement and speed of the boat.
Adjusting the sail on a sailboat can help us to navigate the direction and speed by which we travel.
Sail boats and the velocity of the wind are in some respects similar to the travels in our life experiences.
And yes, our moves (adjustments of the sails) will demonstrate how we weather our storms.
We cannot in many cases control what happens, but we can navigate our responses; we can steer around and avoid troubles if we see them in time.
If we are given sufficient warnings and know that a storm is coming, we can turn the other way.
What we do and how we navigate will determine our outcomes . .. as we sail along, and in some cases alone.
And of course, we all want to sail in calm and peaceful waters.
We definitely want successful and healthy outcomes.
We may encounter confused periods and untraveled paths whereby we don’t know where to go or which way to turn.
We may even get lost a time or two.
Getting to where we need to go may be as tough as finding the answers or roadmaps to get there.
It’s no fun to be wandering around with no end in sight.
For sure, we don’t want to get lost and just float to No Where Land; not knowing where we are or how to get back to shore.
We want more successes than failures.
Therefore, we will probably be continuously adjusting our sails as we move through life.
Without question that would be the smart thing to do, particularly if we want to stay on the right course.
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