“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”
Brian and I have recently started watching Lost on Netflix. While I’ve seen the first few seasons already, Brian is experiencing it for the first time, and I love seeing it through his eyes. Last night we finished season one, which ends with a speech from Jack about having hope that everything will be okay. When I saw this print and read the quote above, that was the first thing that came to mind.
We seem to be so programmed (perhaps we’re hardwired that way, or perhaps it’s a result of our surrounding culture) to believe that the rough seas of life will calm down and stay that way, but that’s not the case at all. Big waves will come one after the other—unemployment, death of a loved one, loneliness, disease, mental illness. Life will not rest, trouble is always here.
I don’t mean to be a pessimist or a downer. I am a big advocate of savoring those sweet times in life when everything seems to be going right—when we feel known and loved, when we are healthy, when we love our jobs, when we have the spare time to watch the sun set. Those times are to be cherished, noted and savored. And I think learning to sail in high winds is exactly that: gratitude.
Through thankful hearts that cherish the little things, we prepare ourselves for the times when our boat is rocking. We learn to see the good that comes from the bad, and we stand firm on the understanding that there is beauty despite the darkness.
What do you think it means to “learn to sail in high winds”?