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Navigating Life’s Storms

August 18, 2020

In physical conditioning and training the current emphasis is on strengthening the core.  A strong core promotes overall strength, stability and balance.  If an athlete has trained hard in all areas, but has neglected his core, then his overall performance is at a minimum compromised.

This is true for all of us when we embark on climbing our mountain.  If we begin without a strong grounding in our values and principles, a strong core, we will constantly be thrown off course.

There will assuredly be many tests of our commitment to our core values and principles. Without the stability provided by our core, we will at best delay realizing our dreams, goals, and purpose.

Before starting or re-starting your climb, make sure you have a strong core.  Have something that is a constant reminder for you of your core principles and values.

The Ship That Never Got There*

Many years ago an adventurer had heard of an island inhabited by beautiful and inviting people. The land was also filled with gold and precious gems. He dreamed of sailing to this island.

He knew it was a treacherous journey across often storm-tossed seas. So he commissioned the best ship builders to build a ship specifically designed for this voyage. He sought and hired several experienced sailors for his crew. They trained and prepared for the voyage while the ship was being built.

Finally the day arrived and with great fanfare they set sail. They had all the maps and other tools to set the course. All started fairly well, although the ship was difficult to keep on course.

This became a real problem when the first strong winds came along and threw them completely off course. The crew struggled to adjust the sails in order to get back on course. This problem worsened when a storm came along. Sometimes they found themselves going in circles.  No one could figure out why this was happening.

One day a severe storm hit them and they found themselves shipwrecked on the beach of an uninhabited island. After they checked to see if they were all okay, they checked the condition of the boat. The boat was marooned on the beach on its side. It was then that they discovered that the boat was inexplicably built without a rudder.

Our Rudder Our Core

Our Soul is our rudder and our core.

Unlike the ship we all have a soul.  Navigating the often storm tossed seas of life requires being in touch with our soul.  For some it’s easier than for others, but it’s there.  Loving Yourself comes from acknowledging and knowing your soul.

It is our foundation. It is the foundation from which we draw our sense of right and wrong and all good decisions can be made.  Having that foundation makes it easier to know how to handle any situation, like this Pandemic.  Without it, your life will often seem as though it were adrift.

Without the strength, stability, and balance provided by our soul, we are at the mercy of the storm-tossed sea of life’s tests and challenges. We are like the ship without a rudder.

The knowledge of our true beliefs, not the noise of today, are always with us.  If we listen, we could/would hear our souls persistently speaking to us and guiding us to our true purpose.  The seas will still be storm-tossed, but they will seem calm.

Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Healthy

*An Oldie but Goodie updated from the original.  If you like the story, I admit I made it up.  If you don’t like it, I have no idea where it came from. 😀

Why do I repeat this and other stories/posts?  For the same reason that I watch Seinfeld reruns.  They are always good.  The difference is that Seinfeld is a show about nothing.  The Spinning Rabbi posts are about something 😀

14 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    August 18, 2020 4:53 pm

    Very good.

  2. Lynda permalink
    August 18, 2020 4:25 pm

    Thanks for being a constant source of hope and positivity in these extraordinary times Fred! It is indeed the storms in our lives that teach us the greatest lessons. The answers always lie within. Great post!

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 5:02 pm

      Well said Lynda and Thanks
      please share it with those you think might also benefit

  3. Scott permalink*
    August 18, 2020 12:05 pm

    I felt compelled to revise your story…

    They checked the condition of the boat. Something was blocking the rudder. The captain reached his hand in and pulled out the obstruction….

    via GIPHY

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 1:38 pm

      Thanks for the correction he was a marine biologist

  4. Billy permalink
    August 18, 2020 9:54 am

    Fred,
    thank you so much for your blog. It’s times like these that we need to stay connected and your blog is greatly appreciated.
    The message is always so positive!
    Stay well and hopefully will be seeing you soon!
    Billy

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 10:12 am

      Thank you so much Billy It means a lot to me that it means a lot to you and others that’s why I do it It keeps me positive and focused
      please share it with others you think it might touch Be Well

  5. Alison permalink
    August 18, 2020 8:40 am

    Perfect timing and so well said Fred – Thank You!

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 9:00 am

      Thank You Alison. Please Share it

  6. Seth permalink
    August 18, 2020 7:58 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Fred. Indeed in this time the rudder/soul is very important to guide us. It is not the circumstance but the reaction to the circumstance that matters most. Being in touch with our values and our purpose really does help put things into perspective and makes it easier to be of service to our fellows and our community.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 9:01 am

      Very well said Seth Thank you and please share it with those you might think will benefit

  7. Robin permalink
    August 18, 2020 7:38 am

    Hi Fred. Thank you-Robin

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 18, 2020 9:02 am

      Thank you Robin please share it

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