Hoist

Hoist3Today’s Word: ‘Hoist as in… at some point we have to get up off the end of the dock, board the ship, release the mooring lines, drop the rudder, grip the wheel, hoist the sails and go.

The ancient book of Proverbs (29:18) reminds us, ‘Without a vision (revealing), the people perish.’ Written another way, “Without a sense of the future and the vision to go there, people will shrivel up and die; their dreams and visions will suffer atrophy and they find themselves ‘settling’.”

Without a sense of vision, people easily become like the three figures in N.C. Wyeth’s painting, cautiously looking over the side of the pier, not wanting—or even daring to look (to say nothing of actually going) beyond the safety of the breakwater to the open seas beyond. So let’s ask the question: what’s your plan for reaching your vision?

Personally, I know that it’s one thing to have a vision for nailing a commencement address, crushing a TED Talk, or even spending Christmas Eve in England with our whole family listening to the King’s College Choir sing the Nine Lessons and Carols. But if there isn’t a plan for how I’m actually going to accomplish the vision, it’s really not a vision.

It’s just a dream—a pipe dream (no pun intended).

Visions, dreams, plans, goals, they’re all important. But at some point we have to get up off the end of the dock, board the ship, release the mooring lines, drop the rudder, grip the wheel, hoist the sails and go knowing that nothing can hold you back.

So, let me just ask you again: What’s your vision? Close your eyes and imagine yourself at the helm, and for just a few moments consider where you’re heading today. It’s in those few moments, if you will take the time, that all kinds of opportunity, hope, expectation and vision will come to you.

So get up off the end of the dock, board the ship, release the mooring lines, drop the rudder, grip the wheel, hoist the sails. And go!

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