Being in a harbour town with fishing and tourism vying for top spot in the “things that keep this town afloat” category, we get to see some pretty interesting stuff.
We love watching the lobster boats stacked full of their pots getting ready to head out to start the season. The work involved in getting prepared for a dangerous, tough, cold occupation must be immense.
There’s also the scallop draggers which dwarf many of the other sea-faring vessels in the harbour. These must be staffed with folks who live, work, play, and rest hard.
The horse and buggy tours that take tourists around town are always an attention grabber for our kids. They know the horses’ names and can identify them by their “socks” and coloration. I can’t keep them straight.
The colours and textures of the painted houses and the intricate architectural details on the historic homes and businesses are always interesting to discover and point out.
About a week ago, a large three-masted ship, called the Picton Castle, sailed into our town, it’s home port, after a significant time at sea exploring the oceans. She added a new interesting story to share with our children.
I am completely in awe of the people who work aboard such a vessel. The fortitude and character they must rely upon each day in the high seas of the open ocean are inspiring. With the wind running their vessel and their fate, they must perform their duties with precision to make the journey around the world possible. There is no sitting back and hitting the auto-pilot.
The same can be said for personal well-being. We must take risks, put in hours of work, focus on specific tasks and perform them with care in order to get where we are going. Otherwise, the winds of chance and misfortune may blow us off course.
In life, in this beautiful town, as in the demanding and high-paced adventure of open-ocean sailing, running on the wind can be both exhilarating and dangerous. It is only those who work to harness the energy and focus it on forward momentum who will find their vessels headed on due course for success.
I’ll try to take inspiration from the Picton Castle and attempt to cross uncharted courses with grace, perseverance, hard work, and a touch of luck in the breeze.