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DRIFTING

DriftingA friend who fishes off the North Carolina coast told me this story some years ago.

After a day fishing Jack Frost (honestly that is his name!) was on his way back to harbour and had set the autopilot while he was busy on deck tidying up ready for reaching home.

After a while he looked up expecting to see a familiar coastline but was alarmed that he did not immediately recognise where he was. He should have been close to home. Excuse the pun, but “he was all at sea”.

He looked harder and finally recognised the coast, realising he was miles away from where he should have been. His boat had been on the right course and at the right speed of five knots, but the current was running at about six knots in another direction. He had been working hard and pointed in the right direction but had drifted.

“Continents drift and so do hearts.”          ― John Mark Green

We can all set out on a job, a task, a relationship and even life, with a direction and purpose clearly mapped out. “We know where we are going”. But we can be so caught up in the day to day stuff, good or bad, easy or stressful, that we forget to check where we are, what is going on and before we know it we have drifted to where we don’t want to be.

To reflect on:

  • -   Is where you are where you want to be or have you drifted?
  • -   Have we been so busy we have lost sight of what we are trying to achieve?
  • -   Do you need to take action and change course?

-   I hope that 2020 is a year when you will see clearly where you are and where you want to be.

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? - Rumi

Have a good day

From Chic and Geoff.                                                   

geoff.findlay@wpcscotland.co.uk, 07933167480

chic.lidstone@wpcscotland.co.uk, 07814093240

Chic and Geoff 2018

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