Lessons from The Great Sea of Life

It has often occured to me that the events of our lives are 
similar to the changing of the tide, or the shifting of the wind.

We can view difficult times as mistakes or miscalculations. Or we can accept that they are simply the course of our days, the pattern of our years and the flow of the life that was given to us...

Today's affirmations come from the charming memoirs of sailor Richard Bode from his book: 'First You Have to Row a Little Boat'. Written by a grown man looking back on his childhood, his book reflects on what learning to sail taught him about life, ie. making choices, adapting to change, and becoming his own person.

Are you ready to discover which statement has chosen you this month? Intuitively pick a number between 1 and 9, and see which inspirational saying and oil blend is choosing you today:

1. I have a task that is greater than all the labors assigned to
Hercules. It demands that I live in the richness of this
moment because that is all I have or will ever know. 
Oil Blend: Present Time

2. I once met a man who said he had visited every exotic place
from the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall, but when I questioned him
closely I discovered he hadn't seen the songbirds in his own backyard.
Oil Blend: Inner Child

3. In life, real life, we aren’t pitted against one another;
we are pitted against ourselves, and our victories are
almost always the ones we forge alone.
Oil Blend: Valor

4. Materialistic goods are not a dream, they are an accessory.
A man who owns a boat and keeps using and loving it
will find that he owns it for all of his days.
Oil Blend: Sensation

5. We need to find those special people who contain the lore
of the race and can pass on to us what we yearn to know.
Pay attention. They may be individuals we meet in the
classroom, or the shipyard, or the office down the hall.
Oil Blend: Inspiration

6. In due course perhaps we arrive, if it can be said that
we ever fully arrive. The truth is there are destinations beyond
destinations and the sailor goes on tacking forever.
Oil Blend: Journey On

7. As humans we live with the constant presumption of dominion.
We believe that we own the world, that it belongs to us, that we have it
under our firm control. But the sailor knows all too well the fallacy of this view.
Oil Blend: Believe

8. If I wanted to be truly free I had to choose. There were many points on the compass rose; I had to locate the few that were meant for me. Not any destination picked at random; but those that summoned me with a passion, for they were the ones that gave meaning to my life.
Oil Blend: Hope

9. 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 onshore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise
my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.
Oil Blend: Highest Potential