I’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.