Friday, August 07, 2020

How to Sail Into the Wind

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Yesterday I watched two teenagers take their maiden voyage in a tiny seven-foot dinghy-sailboat.

The wind was strong — perfect for sailing.

If you know how to sail.

The problem is that they did not want to go the direction the wind was blowing them. 

What a great metaphor for life.

Question for your table: What do you do in such a situation? 

(Hint: sailing directly into the wind is not an option; you won't go anywhere fast.)

The answer is: get your sail and boat positioned so that you can sail across the wind. This is called tacking.

With your sail at the right angle, you can leverage the force of that headwind to go zigzag into the wind.

It takes patience - you'll be going a longer distance. But you'll end up where you choose to be and not simply following the trend.

Second question for your table - What winds are blowing in a direction that you don't want to go?

Shabbat Shalom.

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