What if you were a ship?
- Where would you be going? (General direction – long term port)
- How accurate are all of the instruments for ascertaining location? (How well tuned is your ability to understand and be clear about where you are?)
- How accurate are the instruments you use to detect threats? Weather, pirates, underwater obstacles?
- What ports are you welcome at? (Where are you supported, where can you go to re-fuel/re-group? what is your community, where are you most comfortable?)
- Who is your crew (Who works on your behalf? Who are your friends?)
- What kind of ship are you? (What is your purpose? I.e.: pleasure, work, save the whales, generate income)
- How strong is your hull?
- Are you part of a fleet? (What are your roles in life?)
- How many lifeboats do you have? (Are you prepared for contingencies at all times)?
More food for thought:
The things that you tolerate in life are like barnacles on a ship: one or two is no problem, a couple of hundred are a huge problem. The moment, at which the barnacle situation crosses over from being a slight “drag” to being a factor in fuel efficiency and speed, the ships need to be dry docked for a scrub down and overhaul. Everyone needs a couple of scrub down days per year to keep the ship barnacle free. Stowaways can also be a metaphor for Tolerations or crossed boundaries.
The larger and stronger the ship, the longer it takes to turnaround. Often people think they need a 180-degree turnaround when what they really need is a tiny adjustment in course, which over time and distance makes a radical difference in where they end up. Dramatic change is often difficult, costly and not particularly useful. A small shift makes a big long term difference.