True North

Recently, in some of my reading, I ran across a quote that really spoke to me from Antoine de Saint Exupery. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Now the significance of the quote is not to emphasize that building ships is not important if you want to travel the seas. In fact, it would be a most difficult endeavor to sail the seas without a vessel of some kind. The quote however draws attention to the need for vision, embracing the dream of where the vastness of the sea could lead. Unfortunately, our human tendency is to become so distracted in building the vessel that we forget that our initial purpose was to sail the seas. I wonder, if your life could be what you yearn for, what would it look like? True, there will of course come the time in which sufficient vessels need to be built but what would it be like to sail the vastness of the seas? What would you need to do to make that happen? This is something for you to ponder as you navigate True North.


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