As I consider the potential answers to a conundrum, I am struck by the way my analysis has paralyzed my ability to act. I am at a turning point. I can see history in my mirrors, distracting me from the moment at hand. As I look to the future, I see a blank wall. There is a left choice as well as a right; I must choose. I naturally insist on knowing where I am going. I think it is a destination, so I struggle on, trying to guess my way through the haze of possibility and imagination.
In my uncertainty, I remember that I am sailing. I am at a turning point. Given the winds, currents, and darkness, I realize that I need to set a course, take a step, and have faith in the truth. As I reset my tasks at hand, I find myself doing the following.
Determining my coordinates and conditions. I want to know where I am and what is influencing my position. Taking the time to look clearly in the mirror is helpful is a great starting point but not the end. I need to take stock of my capabilities (metaphoric boat) and what is impacting my journey (winds, currents, etc.).
Taking time to plot my course. In the Endurance setting, the navigator from Elephant Island to South Georgia took repeated measurements to plot and analyze the course that would take them to safety. I may not have time to repeat my measures, but taking time to assess, plan, and be intentional is always a good idea!
Putting awareness and thought into action. Set my course and act on my intent! Metaphorically changing direction and adjusting my sails to match.
The great news is that a poor choice can be changed. Letting the three steps above repeat will lead to new shores and possibilities. To adversity in our way, be warned. “In God we’ll do our very best; he’ll flatten the opposition for good.” (Psalm 108.13)
Note; sailing can be rough and difficult. It is also rewarding.