It’s been a family-orientated, busy/bustle/hassle/stressful kind of day; noisy, often chaotic and ill-tempered; and now, as the dust settles and I look towards a calmer night, I’ve time to pause, enjoy the semi-silence, and take a moment to look at a photo of our Eileen taken just a week ago… as the rain tipped down and Autumn seemed to tilt towards Winter.

In looking at the image the following quote, from Mark Twain, came to mind:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

How easy it to allow the exhaustion of the days to snuff out optimism, enthusiasm, imagination and hope. To re-tie those bowlines with ever more complicated knots.

We’re talking about visiting the boat next weekend, it’ll be a chance to both physically and psychologically undo the ropes, cast off and discover.

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