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.