“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd.

My lovely friend Bobbie shared this quote a few hours ago and it crystalised a whole tumble of thoughts and feelings within me. We are not built to stay in our ‘harbours’ as nothing will change. We all need rest sometimes, but that place can become a trap because we resist change so we feel safe.

When we first have a thought on something new we can do, it is pure in that initial moment. As time goes on we add our own fears, opinions and thoughts of consequences if we go ahead. If we share it with others, then their fears, opinions and ‘what if’s’ come into play too. What a weight to add to an idea.

We can all be heard to say ‘Life is short’, but they are just words unless action is taken. Nothing will change without change and we are built for change.

I am ready to change what I do for a living and several ideas have been floating around and one has taken root in my heart. It’s been an interesting life so far and I have had a go at a number of things that may, or may not, be seen as ‘successful’ by the measuring sticks that some use in our modern world. I have learned a lot and it has honed me into the flexible, resilient soul that I am, who chooses each day to feel life through a loving heart. Whatever this choice may bring forth, I’ll give it my best and who knows what sea it will sail me into.

28 thoughts on ““A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd.

  1. Change is definitely scary but if we don’t attempt change through fear of unwelcome consequences we will probably regret it for the rest of our lives. I wish you so very well with your change of career, my dear Jane xx ❤ ❤ xx

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    1. You are a lovely friend Clare and it will not be too long before we share a cuppa, giggle and some much needed cake together. I am still transitioning and the plans are evolving…I hold myself calm in the tumble and trust, always trust. ❤ hugs and more hugs Xxx ❤

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  2. Jane – this is so true, like the expression “One does not discover new lands, without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time”. I have been very puzzled by the light that has come tome, confused as to purpose, raison d’etre. I have meditated on it for a long time, and feel I have found some truths to share. I feel another rendition of The Paradox of Consciousness brewing. These last days of summer are full so there has been little time for writing. I am certain the universe is leading you in the right direction. I only hope Liverpool is part of the equation. I sense such joy and peace from you there. Whenever I see a ferry my thoughts drift to you along the Mersey… Hope this finds you well! ❤️ Peter

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  3. Love it, this one is full of profound wisdom and confirmed much of my life’s philosophy. My biggest step into the unknown was when my future husband invited me to come to America. I had a full apartment, life and good job in London. I sold everything and arrived in Houston with only a trunk. I told everyone that if it didn’t work out I’d keep traveling! Initially I hated Houston which is so different from anything in the UK, but stuck it out while love matured. It was the best move that I ever made! Change can be hard but ultimately inertia may be worse.

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      1. You are welcome Jane 😊. Your blog is really awesome and inspiring. You have a great gift within you.Please continue blogging and inspire people around you 😊. And if you can please do visit my blog and let me know about it. It would be really helpful 😊. This is the link to my blog

        http:// authorabhijith.com

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        1. Hello Abhijith, we were in sync because I was just reading your blog as you were writing to me. We are flowing along the same lines. Do you have a ‘follow by email’ button on your blog, because I couldn’t find it. Hugs x

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