I was watching a new TV show called “Forever” about a NY Medical Examiner who appears to be immortal. I was captivated by a quote he used during the show:
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship then he would leave it in port forever (Thomas Aquinas)
WOW. That is a powerful illustration of my reluctance to take risks with my projects. I often want others (those above me) to make it easy to “set sail”. I often expect them to figure out:
- How much cargo I am to carry
- The ship that is available to me
- When I am supposed to leave port
- The name of the port I am to sail to
- The size of my crew
- And how much money I will make for my trouble
And, I tend to expect them to absorb the cost and lost days if anything happens along the trip. How silly. I know that an 11th Century captain was not protected from experiencing a loss…and neither am I.
Let’s stop expecting others to make things safe for us. Let’s just set sail and start the adventure!
Thanks for listening.