Sunday Inspiration: To build a ship

shipI’m leaving today  on a 7 day Caribbean cruise, so you can understand why I’m so moved by these words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

I grew up in Florida, so the ocean–or in my case, the gulf–has always been an important part of my life. I find water not just beautiful but transcendent and inspirational. I love gazing across the water to the horizon and sensing all that immense power.

These words speak of a vision beyond the sea itself, one that calls to us to become the person we were meant to be. Saint-Exupery says that we are called for a purpose beyond the daily tasks we accomplish, a purpose that gives meaning to our lives and lives of others. Do you know your purpose? Has it changed as you’ve grown older? Is it time to reassess? For myself, reassessment is part of daily life, and when I forget to look carefully at where I am and where I want to be I feel lost.

This week I’ll be spending a lot of time appreciating “the endless immensity of the sea,” and perhaps in the future I’ll build a ship from this vision. Or at least, a book.

Bon Voyage!


  1. Martha O'Quinn on January 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Happy “sails” to you!

    You may not be old enough to remember Roy Rogers’ theme song, “Happy Trails to You,” but that’s the first thing that popped into my head. Enjoy!

  2. Karen Burshnick on January 24, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I grew up near the water too. We swam in the creek, the river, the bay and the ocean over the years. It is so peaceful for me to walk along the ocean and hear the waves crashing and smell the sea. It is restful, and it helps me clear my head and feel at peace. I don’t live near the sea now, but a trip now and then to the sea rejuvenates me. Have a wonderful trip!

  3. Kathy on January 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Enjoy the cruise.
    Avoid the rough seas.
    There’s a lot to choose so do as you please!

    Oh dear, a poet n don’t know it.

    The snow is shoveled good enough, a bucket is in place to catch the dripping spout water, so it’s time for football!

    • Emilie Richards on February 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

      I hope you enjoyed the game, if not the dripping water.

  4. carolyn mirabella on January 24, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Water , especially the gulf has been a place of comfort and leaving the tensions that came with me and my husband on our 16 years of vist to the gulf coast. Our beloved son moved there to live with his wife and her family and a step-son. Then came a grandson we dearly love two years later. My last trip came a few weeks ago to pick up the ashes of my 44 year old son, Paul. I am still struggling and am looking for another place we might go to with water and peace.
    Please, have a wonderful cruise.

    • Janet on January 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      I hope you find peace, Carolyn. There cannot be anything harder than to lose a son or daughter. Blessings to your grandchild.

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