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“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” George William Curtis

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
My goal in sailing isn’t to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run. Dennis Conner
Aside from what it teaches you, there is simply the indescribable degree of peace that can be achieved on a sailing vessel at sea. I guess a combination of hard work and the seemingly infinite expanse of the sea – the profound solitude – that does it for me. Billy Campbell

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas When you think of SAILING, what comes to mind? I think of the calm, lilting rides, the storms that come into our lives, and how we weather the storms or handle them. Do we sail close to the wind, become unmoored or do we clear the decks or use a different tack to get us back into plain sailing? Sailing is just a metaphor for life’s unpredictable journey. Given the terrible events that have occurred around the world this year, both man-made and mother nature’s work, we couldn’t possibly think of plain and smooth sailing as the theme but, we can and must aim for ways to get there amid the chaos and catastrophe. Initially, I had a different title for the post, it was Smooth Sailing, then Set Your Sails and finally, I settled on plain and simple – SAILING. Why? Because throughout our lifetime, we experience the shifting winds of storms, calm oceans and turbulence that nudge us to steady our sails, stay strong, even turn direction but, never give up hope. We set our sails in many moods and experiences so, starting with the basic script made more sense.

Turn Within and lift Others Up: With all the turbulence in our world today, we need to not forget that we have tools to help us stay calm in turbulence, tools to help us wash ourselves in the calming waves that come after a fierce storm, and that the cleansing breeze and expansive ocean are reminders that we must use our vast resources to help those affected by the rough and turbulent storms. As I reflect on the start of fall and the crashing waves and destructive events around us, I turn within to that place of calm and compassion and send out wishes for healing to our world. To the families of victims of the Las Vegas tragedy…. my heartfelt condolences sent.

Oh Sea – Poem by Ernestine Northover via
Oh Sea, why do you deliberately pound the rocks along the bay,
Sending showers of white foam up, in a cascade of spray,
Can you not cease your travels, churning incessantly,
Surging back and forth, always longing to be free.

Oh Sea, why do you keep hold of such impatience, in your hands,
Forever turning restless, racing for the sands,
Then teetering up the shingle, and rushing back again,
Shifting shells and pebbles, and layers of sandy grain.

Oh Sea, why draw it all towards you, like some almighty tongue,
Devouring it in mouthfuls, then spewing it among
The coves, caves and crevices, which are found along the cliffs,
Dispersing all the creatures, living in the rifts.

Oh Sea, you are gigantic, so powerful and so wild,
And yet at times you’re gentle, just like a little child,
You command our admiration, your vastness is immense,
But you are so unpredictable, your energy intense. Cont’d below



“He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.” Hammond Innes

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. Thomas Merton
The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind. William Falconer


What Can We do in Times of Stormy Turbulence? It is imperative to focus on holding it together by aligning ourselves with others who strengthen and encourage us through hard times. Instead of feeding off any form of hysteria, this is a good time to focus on staying calm and connecting with positive and proactive folks who want to offer help to those hurting. It is often easier to sit and allow fear and feelings of doom and despair to overtake us but, we can’t be of help to the suffering until we strengthen ourselves within and reach out a helping hand, a kind word, information where it is needed, and good will and compassion to all others in pain.  As I look around me and contemplate the natural and unnatural disasters that the world has seen this year, I feel within my spirit that we must not avert our eyes and leave it to others to take up the mantle. We can help in even the smallest way through our concern, contributions and compassion.

In turbulent times, start with a spirit of gratitude and a motivated spirit to turn your sails around. Instead of whining about the usual things that we think we need, let’s stop and think about the hurricane and earthquake survivors and their needs. It is enervating to keep complaining about our  wants when there are folks out there who have desperate needs that are not being met. How can we help? What can we do differently? Again, we can start with a spirit of gratitude and a motivated spirit to turn our sails around and sail in the direction of grace and goodwill towards others.

Poem Cont’d above
Oh Sea, you are the great expanse, of the oceans of the world,
We treat you with respect, when your anger is unfurled,
Your boundless depths are fathomless, holding secrets still,
Your waters are so mercurial, subject to your will.

Oh Sea, It is a pleasure when your tides flow, to and fro,
To sit and watch the sunsets, over waters all aglow,
To know your restless feelings, to accept your endless task,
And yet to try and understand, what you keep behind your mask

Oh Sea, who owns the tranquil blues and greens, and violets too,
That in your watery world to us, gives such a wondrous view,
We know your unleashed mighty force, the course you have to take,
The storms, the squalls, the hurricanes, these terrors make us quake.

Oh Sea, we know of other words like tranquil, calm and still,
Times when you are peaceful, with no need to thrill,
Contrasts are your constant plan, your order of the day,
And admiring you, we would not have you, any other way.


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“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

Motivation Mondays: Sailing Through Turbulent Seas

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There is so much to sailing a ship. There’s about a thousand different lines on a brig ship, and knowing what each one of those does, it takes a long time, and that’s why you have these cabin boys that start on the ship, and they learn throughout the years, and that’s why it takes so long to captain one. Tom Holland


Where do we set our sails? A master teacher once said that in life, we need grace from every corner of the seen and unseen universe. When we act with positive intention to lift others up, our energy expands and reverberates outwards towards other positive lights and sources of energy. As the reverberations pick up speed from the goodwill sent out by millions of us, the power of our prayers and purposeful goodwill lifts us and all in its path up. A boost of positive energy can give a person the rejuvenating energy they need to stay hopeful in turbulent, stormy times.

Align Yourself with Unshakeable/Positive and Proactive people: So set your sail in the direction of good, proactive people; set your sail to the port of grace and favor; set your sail on the sea of patience and healing. We can all add something to the healing of those in pain. We don’t need fancy footwork, we can start with a loving and compassionate heart. Where are you setting your sail in these turbulent times?

Alone On Sea – Poem by Allenika via
Alone i lay on a wooden raft
Alone i stay in the dark
Alone i pray to survive
Alone i may not survive

Alone i look out the sea
Alone i wake up on the sea
Alone i seek out for help
Alone i may not survive

Alone i eat my dry food
Alone i drink the salty water
Alone i sit in the cold
Alone i may not survive

Alone, yes, alone i stare at the storm
Alone, yes, alone i live on the sea
Alone, yes, alone i wait for the rescue boat
Alone, yes, alone i may not survive

Alone, yes, alone i pray to be safe
Alone, yes, alone i call out for help
Alone, yes, alone i get on the boat
Alone, yes, alone i was rescued

Alone, yes, alone i lived on sea for months
Alone, yes, alone i walk ashore unaided
Alone, yes, alone i continue to hold the
Guinness World Record for survival at sea



Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!




Positive Motivation Tip: In turbulent times, start with a spirit of gratitude and a motivated spirit to turn your sails around

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Until Next Time…
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137 Comments leave one →
  1. dawnwairimu permalink
    02/10/2017 6:26 pm

    gorgeous images – i love how calming water can be. thanks for the motivation – really needed it today!

    • 02/10/2017 11:53 pm

      Water is a very powerful force that can cleanse and crush all around it. Some reverence is needed. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. Carol permalink
    02/10/2017 6:46 pm

    I definitely agree that in order for us to successfully sail, we also have to work with others and help them succeed, too. We have to reciprocate.

  3. Nawal permalink
    02/10/2017 10:28 pm

    Sailing looks fun but you know what’s more amazing? You taking it and making it sound so poetic 🙌

    • 02/10/2017 11:59 pm

      I did include poetry to drive the point home. But this post is really about the storms that come into our lives and how we handle them. Sailing is just a metaphor for life’s unpredictable journey.

  4. Bhushavali permalink
    03/10/2017 1:11 am

    When I think of sailing, life’s journey comes to my mind. It has several troubled times as tides and storms as well as several peaceful full moon nights!!!

  5. acraftymix permalink
    03/10/2017 1:28 am

    As soon as I hear the word sailing I always hear that song by Christopher Cross… “Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be….” I forget the rest of the words of the chorus now, but I’ll be humming it all day in my head now after seeing all these gorgeous pics. I think he also mentions something about when the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again, which really appeals to me, especially with all the sad things that have been happening in the world recently. Let’s hope it’s the winds start changing and that’s it’s smooth sailing from here

  6. lynifrika permalink
    03/10/2017 1:43 am

    The images are calming, lol! This is motivating, though sometimes we don’t know who is more stable when we go through turbulence hence many people choose to stand alone. But I love the advise, it makes complete sense!

  7. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    03/10/2017 3:50 am

    What beautiful words and imagery, water can be very calming there is nothing like the sounds of the waves x

  8. thenafranssen permalink
    03/10/2017 4:25 am

    Sailing looks amazing and these pics are so beautiful! Love it!

  9. Ithfifi permalink
    03/10/2017 4:45 am

    I like how you’ve likened sailing with our adventures through life and I agree whole heartedly that sometimes we need to step back and stop looking at the little faults in our lives when sometimes we have little to complain about in comparison to others in the world. Your posts are always so thought-provoking, I love it.

  10. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    03/10/2017 4:54 am

    I love the images you have chosen for this post. They are absolutely stunning. When I think of sailing I either think of Beyonce on her yatch or the Life of Pi. But I like your perspective in this post. Sailing through turbulent times is a great message.

  11. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    03/10/2017 5:57 am

    Loved your calm and turbulence equivalence to sailing. Nice images too. As you rightly say if you think hard enough, one could find meaning in all the mundane places possible:)

  12. 03/10/2017 6:02 am

    I like that you changed the title, I think is works much better, I enjoyed seeing your thought process through that as well. The photos you chose to showcase this monday, is nice how you showed the many sides of the water, you depicted the water crashing against the rocks, being used for leisure and for work, but you also showed the calmness the water can have as well. These all correspondence to people and life as well and how the water when your sailing on it is not always calm and relaxed but it is also not always chasing into a rock wall wall. Its a very give and take relationships to people.

  13. Stephanie Jeannot permalink
    03/10/2017 7:42 am

    I love the Alenika poem. Very beautiful as is everything that you wrote and quite true. My favorite: “Sailing is just a metaphor for life’s unpredictable journey.” How true is that. Life has its high tides and low tides. I can honestly say that I’m thankful to have drifted into more highs than lows.

  14. Star harford permalink
    03/10/2017 8:14 am

    A spirit of gratitude is so important. I also believe that we need to sail through the storms to appreciate the calm. My thoughts too are with those in Vegas this week and I hope those effected can find calm after their storms have passed.

  15. Laura Dove permalink
    03/10/2017 12:59 pm

    Gorgeous images. I love the idea that when the storm threatened to sink us, we simply adjust our sails.

  16. Saint Facetious permalink
    03/10/2017 1:29 pm

    It’s a great message. We definitely have to tend to our sails first before heading out to the sea, and find our inner calm. I especially like the Merton quote there on it. I’ve always been a fan of his. Have you read his Seven Storey Mountain?

  17. rbekhajblog permalink
    03/10/2017 1:31 pm

    I loved the poem featured in this post! All of the pictures are so beautiful too.

  18. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    03/10/2017 1:39 pm

    I absolutely love those pictures! I don’t think I have ever handled my life in the right way. I am now trying to find the positive in every port of my life. I find it does make my anxiety a bit less and others seem to enjoy the positivism rather than the grunts I once gave them.

  19. kimberlylove13 permalink
    03/10/2017 1:46 pm

    I’ve never been sailing but I definitely know what it means to have to weather the storms of life. I love your photos and the post was very thought-provoking.

    Kimberly Love

  20. Bradley Allen permalink
    03/10/2017 2:11 pm

    I love the poems that you found but particularly that last one. It’s beautiful

  21. Jessica Hughes permalink
    03/10/2017 2:54 pm

    I’ve never really thought about it but reading this, sailing really is a metaphor for life. There are times we have smooth sailing and times we have to deal with turbulent seas.

  22. lucicoo permalink
    03/10/2017 3:18 pm

    I feel calm looking at those pictures and I can visualize the poems with every word. Sailing can used as a meaning of life because sometimes it is smooth sailing and then there are time when everything seems rough but then it gets better.

  23. Rhonda Albom permalink
    03/10/2017 3:45 pm

    Lovely images. They’re very calming. I find it odd one can get such gorgeous photos on public domains without any author credit. I like Ward’s quote about the metaphor for the difference between a pessimist, optimist, and realist.

  24. Rose permalink
    03/10/2017 5:08 pm

    Staying calm in a storm when your sailing your supposed to know where the horizon is. So keeping focused helps in any situation. We all have resources and to utilize them not just in a crisis or an emergency could greatly help beforehand. We never know what impact a kind word, or an acknowledgment to someone will have on them.

  25. Ingrid permalink
    03/10/2017 5:49 pm

    We have all faced storms in our lives. Sometimes we become ravaged by the storm; what perhaps you refer to as “unmoored”. At other times we change strategies to weather storm and use competencies acquired to arrive at a better self

  26. Kiwi permalink
    03/10/2017 6:53 pm

    I love your metaphor of sailing with the world. Sounds like one of my favorite singers Jhene Aiko who has albums like Sailing Souls about similar metaphors about sailing and calmness.

  27. Alexandra permalink
    03/10/2017 6:55 pm

    Amazing images, reading this post was just the motivation I need to help me get back on track with my blog.

  28. munniofalltrades permalink
    03/10/2017 7:41 pm

    I agree with Hammond Innes! One should never lull into complacency especially when you are wading through turbulent waters. I love the different aspects of life that you’ve covered through this post.

  29. sincerelyophelia permalink
    03/10/2017 8:01 pm

    Always love your post. Especially loving your sharing of the Oh Sea! Poem! Definitely a motivational Monday!


    NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  30. Shannon permalink
    03/10/2017 8:37 pm

    I have only been sailing once but your words make it sound so much more beautiful than i remember

  31. Queens of Virtue permalink
    03/10/2017 9:23 pm

    I love these images! I felt extremely uplifted reading this post. I’ve come to realize that I am not only able to weather the storm and help others but sometimes, through my faith and persistence, I become the storm! Thanks for sharing <3

  32. Drake Conan permalink
    03/10/2017 10:41 pm

    What a beautiful photos. I really love how calming water it can be. This is so motivating.

  33. Samantha permalink
    03/10/2017 11:49 pm

    This is a really great metaphor for life, both the smooth sailing & turbulence. I tend to find water to be very calming, but water can be powerful & at times dangerous. It’s always important to remember the tools we have, stay positive, & help others through their own turbulence.

  34. Love, Life & the little one permalink
    03/10/2017 11:51 pm

    Wow! Your blog is full of motivation & profound poems. Love it

  35. Deb B. permalink
    04/10/2017 12:11 am

    Your photos are absolutely striking. Everything you said describing life and the challenges of life, and aligning yourself with good, proactive people. I absolutely agree wholeheartedly. Such inspiring words!

  36. Sian Lifts Weights permalink
    04/10/2017 12:27 am

    You always post such beautiful and wonderful images, really calming and quite breathtaking.

  37. abbigaylew permalink
    04/10/2017 12:35 am

    Wow the photography is stunning 😍 definitely motivating

  38. Tiffany Yong permalink
    04/10/2017 12:54 am

    I once said something similar to a friend and she questioned, how am i supposed to help others when I can’t even survive myself? I was dumbfounded, until my bf came a long and said, that’s why we have to keep training and better ourselves until we can help ourselves and then help others along the way!

  39. gemmaslittleworld permalink
    04/10/2017 1:46 am

    Motivational Mondays are a way forward for me. I had NO idea so many people were involved. I love the poems, I have such a stressful job and I blog too and sometimes I need to just stop and read posts like this x

  40. Sadhna Shanker permalink
    04/10/2017 2:15 am

    Sailing is just a metaphor for life’s unpredictable journey – what a lovely line. thought provoking quotes and inspiring pictures. sailing – must try the actual activity once.

  41. Sin Yee permalink
    04/10/2017 2:51 am

    Never try sailing before. My first thought of sailing is courage. You need to be brave in order to sail. Keep calm, and know where you are in order to keep sailing till the destination.

  42. phyliciamarie permalink
    04/10/2017 3:06 am

    It’s really unfortunate that that happened to Vegas, even the people here are mourning he loss of life. I pray that those who have been left by these angels will sail on a better emotional ride.

  43. London Mumma permalink
    04/10/2017 5:16 am

    I always love your pictures, they are truly beautiful. Anytime I am by or on the sea I always feel at peace.

  44. Tatiana Sieff permalink
    04/10/2017 5:25 am

    I love this post – the concept is unique and photography wonderful. Thinking about sailing & water makes me feel extremely calm – so reading this week’s article has made me feel really chilled out! Thanks!

  45. Hunter S. Jones permalink
    04/10/2017 6:26 am

    Fantastic words & photos. This is everything: …throughout our lifetime, we experience the shifting winds of storms, calm oceans and turbulence that nudge us to steady our sails, stay strong, even turn direction but, never give up hope…I love visiting your blog. xoxo

  46. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    04/10/2017 7:57 am

    Anyone who knows me knows I am a true lover of water and boating. I feel most comfortable when I am on a boat. When I am on a coastal island or city, it is a MUST that I lodge on the water. Boating calms me.

  47. Kelly Reci permalink
    04/10/2017 8:14 am

    Your photos look so beautiful. This is so motivating. I’m really impressed with your motivational Mondays.

  48. Danielle Thomson permalink
    04/10/2017 8:22 am

    This is such a great metaphor! It’s so true – we always go through stormy times but it’s important to turn your thinking around so you can keep moving forward.

  49. Drake Conan permalink
    04/10/2017 8:40 am

    This is so motivating post. I really like those pictures. You really motivate me in every post you’ve shared.

  50. Alicia Taylor at permalink
    04/10/2017 9:31 am

    When my tiny shipped is tossed by the turbulent storms, I try to refocus. Calming the mind and faith is the key to walking on water when all about you is chaos.

  51. ashunexpected permalink
    04/10/2017 9:59 am

    I grew up sailing a trimaran and I will tell you, that is so much easier to me than a monohaul. It taught me respect for mother nature and working with it, instead of fighting against it. Also, awareness! I hope everyone has that type of experience either literally or figuratively some time through out their lives

  52. Joanna permalink
    04/10/2017 10:38 am

    When I think of sailing my home town actually comes to mind. I live by the sea and there is a marina and a sailing club very close to my home. I see boats every day.

  53. StephJ permalink
    04/10/2017 10:49 am

    Beautiful poem! I have never been sailing but I can only imagine the serenity that it makes you feel. Living on an island I know first hand that there is nothing quite like the salty breeze and the rhythm of the waves.

  54. keisha1989 permalink
    04/10/2017 11:06 am

    Lovely images. I love the advice and this motivation Monday. Life truly has its ups and downs and things can happen unexpectedly. It definitely makes for a smoother sailing.I love the poetry as well.

  55. liza Perry permalink
    04/10/2017 1:08 pm

    I saw your sailing pics on your instagram and loved them! These are so inspirational and peaceful, and sailing is such an inspiration when thinking about sailing in life.
    Thank you for this inspirational moment.

  56. Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) permalink
    04/10/2017 2:07 pm

    sailing is the best!! I love these pics!!

  57. lexieanimetravel permalink
    04/10/2017 2:25 pm

    I’m not a super fan of sailing but I look it into a different side of the box (sailing through turbulent seas) is like living our lives, surpassing the great obstacles and struggles. Oh Ernestine Northover’s poems is just perfect to be motivated that in this world your not alone 🙂

  58. Bea | A Cheery Mind (@acheerymind) permalink
    04/10/2017 3:04 pm

    I have never thought about life this way, but it is true after reading your post that life is just like sailing. Calm water on some days, and storm on others. The best way for us to keep our boat floating is to keep empowering and caring for one another.

  59. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    04/10/2017 5:34 pm

    Thank you for this inspirational post. Indeed there are times when life gets too tough that all we want to do is give up. But just like how you wrote, encountering turbulence is a chance for us to turn our sails. Same with the saying, “Kites fly highest against the wind.”

  60. TheMrsTee permalink
    04/10/2017 6:04 pm

    The sea is so mysterious and amazing to me. It can be calm, soothing and peaceful and then destructive, angry and violent. So amazing!

  61. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    04/10/2017 7:18 pm

    Those images are so calming! What a great collage. When I think of sailing I just think of t as someone or something trying to reach their destination. Whether it’s successfully completing their goals or trying to find a path to success.

  62. Blair Villanueva permalink
    04/10/2017 7:42 pm

    I always love your photographs all full of emotions. Sailing is a fantastic experience, especially with mild waves.

  63. chewoutloud permalink
    04/10/2017 8:03 pm

    Some girlfriends and I were just talking this morning about “storms” in life. It’s the storms that have helped us to grow, to seek, and to understand much better. The storms are rough and nobody really wants them, but it’s during those challenging seasons that we fully realize our need. Out of that, we grow and hopefully can help others along.

  64. franckxethee permalink
    04/10/2017 8:28 pm

    When it comes to sailing, I guess it shows as some challenges and turbulence and how we get past it.

  65. kalliamanika permalink
    04/10/2017 8:32 pm

    I like water, because it has the tendency to either calm you down or just destroy you, like sailing, which can be a metaphor for life. Loved the pictures!

  66. Techfern Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd. permalink
    04/10/2017 10:44 pm

    Woww.. Firstly thank you so much for sharing such a motivational post. Even for last 2-3 days, its became my daily routine to check your post and read it because it really gives me positive vibes !!

  67. Fred permalink
    05/10/2017 5:24 am

    I have ridden boats before, and even rowed a boat before, but I have not actually sailed, like on a sailboat where the wind blows the sail. I would like to experience this one day, but I have to confess I have some apprehension about it.

  68. RonRon permalink
    05/10/2017 9:31 am

    Truly motivational and inspiring. The photos makes it very mesmerizing.

  69. sveeteskapes permalink
    05/10/2017 12:07 pm

    Great collection of pictures and topic as always! Sailing reminds me about the rhyme that is constantly playing in the background at home for my baby – Row row row your boat… It has such a powerful message!

  70. Suchi permalink
    05/10/2017 4:13 pm

    Your posts always brings a smile on my face! I have been having a turbulent week & even I realized that, it’s better to stay calm & ride the waves, than panicking!

  71. Courtney Klimka permalink
    05/10/2017 4:17 pm

    When I think of sailing, open waters, turbulence and great walls of water, I think of the bible and the stories of Jesus. I know that may not be what other people would think of but the song Oceans by Hillsong is not only one of my favourite songs but it is the perfect way for me to think myself through stormy situations.

  72. Tami (@ThisMomsDelight) permalink
    05/10/2017 5:32 pm

    This is very timely with all that is happening. On a lighter note, the photos are so beautiful and make me want to go sailing soon.

  73. Kelly Reci permalink
    05/10/2017 6:08 pm

    This is so powerful post. I think your post wanna say that every struggle in our lives is only a challenge and we need to get strong and overcome it.

  74. Melissa Vera permalink
    05/10/2017 7:47 pm

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I have been having a turbulent time with relationships right now.

  75. fabiolazefi permalink
    05/10/2017 9:44 pm

    I’ve never thought of relating sailing to going through and overcoming hard times but what you’ve written makes perfect sense. You’re right, there will be turbulent waters and calm ones, just keep sailing to your destination.

  76. Shub permalink
    05/10/2017 11:34 pm

    Pep-me-up post here! The images are soothing to eyes and mind. Yes, how we sail the stormy seas defines us.

  77. Louise x (@withlovefromlou) permalink
    06/10/2017 5:05 am

    I love the Alone on Sea poem. It really hits home with me as my cousin lives alone on a boat and almost died once when he got into a spot of trouble.

    Louise x

  78. 06/10/2017 7:32 am

    It’s feels good to be reading your blogs again! The images make me wanna go sailing now! =)

  79. MyVeteranWoman permalink
    06/10/2017 6:53 pm

    Some of the photos are so beautiful and stunning!

  80. Rosey permalink
    06/10/2017 8:43 pm

    There was a period where turbulence shook me, but I got to work through it and I’m a better person in so many ways because of it. You’re right though, knowing what the right tools are to remain calm is oh so very helpful!

  81. adventures permalink
    07/10/2017 3:06 am

    So beautifully written and heart felt. Thanks for your Monday Motivational.

  82. Love, Life & the little one permalink
    07/10/2017 7:05 am

    Such beautiful pictures and meaningful quotes. Love the sea!

  83. DASH | MODE LILY ☀️ permalink
    07/10/2017 7:56 am

    I really like the fact that you mix your posts with poems. Lovely imagery and great read! I sometimes do need that little push to be more positive

  84. 07/10/2017 10:12 am

    I love how you the concept of sailing is used. afterall life s a journey and we need the fluidity of water to carry us through.
    Reciprocity and gratitude are my two hallmarks, thanks for sharing.

  85. Eileen permalink
    08/10/2017 2:05 pm

    This post made me think of the people who are suffering from depression. Their minds are like turbulent waters, disturbing, destroying their life. I know how this feels, my husband is suffering from it. I did too, when I was a child. Hopefully, me and my husband can turn the sails and get to that place where the water is still and calm.

  86. Jake Ferrer permalink
    08/10/2017 10:19 pm

    So motivational. I don’t find sailing (literally) good for me. But sailing through my life’s challenges I am always on the go.

  87. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    09/10/2017 11:44 am

    I know I’ve said it before, but I always enjoy how you combine images with prose and discussion. Funny, the first thing that came to mind for me is the same as someone else said–Christopher Cross and his “Sailing” song! It’s almost like you need to combine that song about sailing and the Calgon slogan of “take me away” for the full effect! I like the emphasis on being proactive, of setting our intentions, and this quote: “We need grace from every corner of the seen and unseen universe.”

  88. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    09/10/2017 11:45 am

    I really love this post about sailing. To me sailing is relaxing and moving gracefully through the waters. Sailing I believe is what we do through life and it is up to us how smooth we want it to go. Thanks for sharing and I shared the poem by Allenika with a friend who needed this message.

  89. Ingrid permalink
    09/10/2017 6:16 pm

    My takeaway is that in sailing life’s journey I need to employ certain competencies, one of which is to align myself with positive proactive people. The advice is good but finding those kinds of like-minded people is challenging.

  90. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    09/10/2017 6:42 pm

    It’s so interesting how life imitates sailing. Sometimes the waters are calm and you just coast, other times the wind is perfect and you can put the full sails out, other times it is turbulent and you aren’t sure if you make it another day.

  91. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    10/10/2017 4:05 am

    When sailing comes to my mind. My first came up in my mind is the challenges in our lives. That any test comes to us we will survive and overcome it. Great pictures. By the way!

  92. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    29/10/2017 3:18 pm

    The thought of sailing causes me anxiety although I know most don’t have this reaction. The thought I think of when thinking about this post is staying. Staying power to get through the rough times. Music such as Enya, humorous or relaxing TV shows, peaceful or heart warming company.

  93. ktmommyscene permalink
    03/11/2017 9:08 pm

    Your pics are so pretty! I haven’t been around the sea much but I like visiting and I’ve been on a sail boat once or twice.

  94. Calvin permalink
    09/08/2018 10:48 am

    Wonderful calming, I can feel the sea breeze. relaxing.

  95. Calvin permalink
    12/08/2018 10:14 am

    Mother nature! So nice. Sailing is like life


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