Patience with the tides…..

This morning there was a sailboat heading out to sea. It took him a few hours to come up The Mersey as he battled the incoming tide and strong headwinds. He was under sail and at times his mast was almost parallel with the water. After this went on for at least two hours, a fellow sailboat came into view and with sails down, he was relying on his motor. Needless to say he sailed past the chap who was battling and I don’t need to be a psychic to sense the feelings flying around out there.

Yesterday, I took time out for a creative day and I am grateful for the space this created. I realised that I have ‘hung’ all sorts of expectations on a work situation coming into being and the pressure has got intense to say the least. I was building the pressure. What was I thinking? It will happen in it’s own good time and there is nothing practical I can do right now to move it along. It is as it is.

Today dawned without pressure and it brought a different level of calmness with it. I think a good buddy of mine would call it acceptance.

A few unexpected events dotted through the morning and I simply changed tack and did other things. One brought such simple joy into my day I have to share it. The ‘man of the house’ has put a whirly washing line up and out in the garden my freshly laundered sheets and towels are blowing in the ‘sunshiney’ breeze.


30 Responses to “Patience with the tides…..”

  1. 1 Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. August 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Terrific post Jane. I think we are all guilty at times of viewing every problem as a nail and the solution a hammer. I use to head full into the wind before I learned to tack, get someone else to give me a tow or employ a different tactic. The sailboats was a great analogy. Will pop in the Daily Blogger this evening. thanks Sally

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  2. 3 Vashti Q August 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Lovely post Jane! Your words are insightful and soothing. There’s nothing like the smell of sheets dried outdoors.😊

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  3. 5 smzang August 1, 2017 at 1:10 am


    As I read your closing line, the scent from laundry line-dried filled this room
    and took me back to the crisp, crisp crackle of sheets snapping in a brisk wind. What a great journey. Thank you!


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  4. 7 frederick anderson July 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I could never understand the obsession with sailing – it always seemed as pointless as golf, to me. If the Good Lord had meant us to sail he would not have invented the outboard motor! And yes, we are the authors of most of our struggles with fate, aren’t we? Whatever we do, the universe will unfold as it should. Many hugs, Jane – and try to make those creative days creative weeks; it can’t hurt.

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    • 8 Jane Sturgeon August 1, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Hello Frederick and you gifted me pause for thought then. One of the joys of self employment is I set my own schedule and I have been working on a different one for a new service. Lots of creative time is now in there. Hugs for you. xX

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  5. 9 Francina July 31, 2017 at 8:40 am

    lovely write, Jane. It’s not always about how fast we get there, but how we get there . Sailing is often an endurance test 🙂
    Have a lovely day!

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  6. 11 dgkaye July 27, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Your happiness shines through your words my friend. Beautiful photo to go with the post. 🙂 Hugs flowing to you xoxo ❤

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  7. 14 Christy B July 27, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Your words about acceptance are lovely ~ and this post has a calming way about it, Jane ❤

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  8. 16 grandfathersky July 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    On a close reach one learns it is not the wind but the set of the sails that determines the way we go …

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  9. 20 ianscyberspace July 25, 2017 at 12:13 am

    You have such a positive attitude to life. Thank you for sharing your peace.

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  10. 22 Clare Pooley July 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Being able to hang the washing out on the line is such a pleasure for me! I just love to watch it flapping in the breeze and the smell….. mmmmm!! Difficult days need careful handling and you seem to have coped so well! Love and hugs xx ❤ ❤ xx

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  11. 25 Al July 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Well written, Jane. So much so that I can smell the freshness of the clothes on the line!

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  12. 27 jstansfeld July 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I like the flow of this piece. You must have a wonderful place commanding such a view and do a good job of linking the observed difficult sail up the Mersey to the anxieties of your own life. It takes a special person to accept flapping laundry as a harbinger of content.

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  13. 29 Jane Sturgeon August 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Sally, thank you so much for your kindness. ❤ Xx


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