breaking-the-moldReady to sail into Summer? Are you tugging along hauling a load from week to week or cruising through in a big way. Are you more like a speed boat, plowing through to finish fast? Perhaps you’re vessel-less, swimming upstream.

In a recent employee performance discussion a department head described an employee as being like a submarine, traveling beneath the surface, staying down under as long as possible in order to avoid the real world at the surface.

There are similarities between water craft and how people navigate life. “It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom,” Anais Nin.speed

How do you choose to travel?

Speedboat: For rush and fun and getting it done! PROS: Likely to be very productive. CONS: Beauty and joy can be missed as you speed by. Difficult for people to capture your attention to communicate with you.

Jet Ski: Great for those who need control/hold destiny. More mobile, head strong. PROS: Able to head in direction of choice with little to no cargo. CONS: Can find yourself out there all alone, stranded with no notice; unprotected from storms. Life has a way of presenting unforeseen circumstances.

Tug Boat: Sturdy, strong with the ability to withstand the test of time. PROS: Less likely to cause injury. You can see the scenery, travel slowly enough to enjoy the ride. CONS: Generally travel a straight and narrow path, often with heavy loads at huge expense. Few passengers. What’s the fun of traveling alone on something so huge and boring? It’s an isolated and dull life for the hard work involved.

titanicCruise ship: Huge, all inclusive – constant fun, food and drink. PROS: All the work is done for you; option to disembark. CONS: SO many people on board make your journey less special; you forfeit spontaneity and freedom to go where you want. Too noisy, confining. The whole thing could go down like the Titanic or make you deathly ill.

Sailboat: Graceful; doesn’t require fuel. PROS: peaceful; travel dependant upon the wind and skill of sailor. CONS: If the weather changes, the swells are too fierce, you’re guaranteed some heavy prayer time and a lot of paddling. Carries risks but journey might be worth it.

Fishing boats: No description necessary! fishing-cartoon

Submarines: A vessel of clandestine avoidance, few are ever seen and even fewer folks have experienced travel in one. PROS: Mission specific, often mysterious, always out of site. CONS: Navigate in the dark; rarely come up for air. Lose touch with real world. VERY confining.

Kayaks, rowboats, canoes: Easily accessible, in reasonable supply; coordination of man, boat, paddle and water. PROS: You control progress and direction; access areas no other vessel can; travel at your own speed, be alone or not; ability to bring ashore in times of trouble; at end of journey you can thank yourself for the quality of experience. Indians knew all about that. CONS: Journey dependent upon outside factors (pun intended).canoe

Lifeboat: Versatile but has one-purpose. PROS: Immediate access, meant totally for rescue whether for yourself or others; CONS: Must be available and in good working order at time of crisis. Got to use it if you hope to survive.

Clearly, the world needs ALL kinds of vessels. Everyone has a job to do, a mission to fulfill, and choices to make. Lawrence Durrell said, “Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will – whatever we may think.ark

There are some things you can control, chief among them your choice of vessel and the way you navigate. Choose both wisely. Just DO IT! You just may be the captain or crew member most needed for the voyage.

~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

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