Sunday, October 11, 2009

Life Lessons From Sailing

Sailing a boat offers many lessons which are applicable to one's life. A friend recently posted a diagram similar to the one below on her blog in a completely different context. It is a feedback circuit that is equally applicable to one's life and to sailing a boat (or flying an airplane).

We learn to read the way the boat is sailing and to adjust things - trim the jib, move the tiller, shift our weight, and so on - as needed to keep it sailing "happily".

Somehow, most of us find it simple when applying this to sailing, but get tripped up on all sorts of "issues" rather than applying it to our lives. Since college days (back when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth), I have referred to the problem as the "yes, but" syndrome. Yes, we know we should change something, but we have "X" rationalizations for not doing so.

Well, if we find this kind of feedback circuit useful when sailing, perhaps we should learn to get off our "buts" when the feedback is telling us a change or adjustment (big or small) is needed in our lives.

Until next, sweet sailing.


HappySurfer said...

So true. Thanks for the reminder.

HopeSpringsATurtle said... the color. And the flow chart is so simple and true. Nice.

Verification word: salstem: the inedible bits of a salad...

bonnie said...

Very very nice. Of course the catch is it's not a closed system, got to add more dots saying "Is my mom/dad/sister/brother/kid/friend/significant other/etc. happy", sort out how their happiness is linked with your happiness. Suddenly it's a mess of spaghetti!

But who doesn't like spaghetti?

Actually I came over here today because I thought you & Bluesette fans might enjoy this post I saw over on Jos S's RRS Study blog. College racing in Japan!

like my word verification. Finginis!

Presenting the Fabulous Flying Finginis!

Pandabonium said...

HappySurfer - thank you, stay happy.

Hope - thanks for the chart. Works for a lot of things. You've sure given it a workout in your life the past year! and you seem a lot happier these days. :)

Bonnie - the 3d spaghetti chart is to complex for me.

Thanks for the link. A lot of kids in Japan who take sailing courses in high school and college are destined for the merchant marine or fishing industry. Very disciplined bunch, but they have fun too.

Anonymous said...

There is something very Californian about this chart... reminds me of the California I visited more than 20 years ago.


Pandabonium said...

MF - Well, it came from HopeSpringsATurtle who is a native Californian.