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Sail and Surrender
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As spring is quietly approaching, I notice the breeze of the bay slightly warming with angst. Once again, winter is gradually leaving us and blossoming flower buds are getting ready to present their delightful faces. During this time, a peculiar optimism exists that defines the meaning of new beginnings. It is the time for transitions, births, arrivals, and creation. It is also a time to reflect on the months that passed, allowing the lessons that were learned to sink into a place that will be well stored and well kept. 

In this reflection, it is easy to see that almost every one of us has faced an upward battle and were put through challenging tests. We were, in one way or another, forced to dig deep and endure a long journey that seemingly had no end. Whether it was a breakup, an economic hardship, a loss of a job, a death in the family, or a seemingly right direction that veered another way, we were all in a desperate attempt to seek the light. But with gloomy days and rain in the clouds how were were ever going to get through? Where would the strength come from when there were too many mouths to feed, deadlines to meet, dinner to be made, bills to be paid, and relationships to sustain? When life comes at you full speed, what do we have to protect ourselves against it?

Luckily, we do have one thing enabling us to fight back against the urgency of time and that is our perseverance. Just as the wind drives a sail boat, our destiny and perseverance leads the way. We may not ever be certain of the right thing we do nor can we control some of the problems that occur but we can go into any situation knowing, that no matter what, giving up hope or optimism is not an option. Indeed, we are only human, significant but delicate, always craving to know and conquer but if there is one lesson to be learned it is that the fragile flower hidden beneath a frozen field patiently waits to shine and in time will be revealed. And thus, in a life where guarantees are few and far between, it is comforting to know that when winter ends, spring will soon follow.