Weekly Inspiration: Dipping and Soaring

Today, I am going to elaborate on a quotation that I have shared with you before:

“For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.”
― Richard Bode, First You Have to Row a Little Boat: Reflections on Life & Living

I have shared this quote in reference to Hafemania and to my own life, when I needed to take some time off. These have been words for me to live by for some time; I actually have them posted at my desk at work.

I have allowed fear to stop me more often than I would like to admit. I’m slow to make changes in our life, because I fear a lack of security. I’ve been stopped many times, for fear of failure. So often, I’ve thought that I would rather not try, and know that I have a chance of succeeding, than try and fail.

Staying put seems like the easy way. But it isn’t. It leads to a lifetime of wondering, of “what-if”‘s. It leads to a life that is unfulfilled, to a potential that is never reached. It takes courage to risk failure. It takes courage to take that first step into the unknown. But it is infinitely worth it.

We took a risk when we decided to embrace minimalism and live apart from mainstream culture. We took a risk when we decided to buy an old, derilict sailboat. And we took a risk when we decided to live aboard that boat for an entire summer, with no home port.

There will be more risks. There are more things we have to do. There will be more opportunities for us to raise our sails and dip and soar in the breeze.

And trust me, we will not be remaining on shore.

4 thoughts on “Weekly Inspiration: Dipping and Soaring

  1. “There will be more risks. There are more things we have to do. There will be more opportunities for us to raise our sails and dip and soar in the breeze.”

    And trust me, we will not be remaining on shore.
    Wow. Good stuff and amazingly related to my post ( How to live, knowing that you will die ) this morning AND the one I’ll be posting tomorrow. We’re on the same frequency.

    Dan @ ZenPresence.com

  2. Thanks for this post, Bethany. It really hits home with me. A lot of people would say that I am brave and independent. But the truth is I’m anxious about a lot. I try not to let fear keep me from action, but it often does. Thankfully, I keep moving forward and eventually I overcome the obstacles in my own mind. One of my favorite quotes is: “Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right.”

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