Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why we are doing this...

I've come across a book entitled "Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost At Sea" by Steven Callahan. Haven't read much of it, but in the opening pages, he has aptly stated (and in better words than I ever could) why we took off on this adventure.

"I wish I could describe the feeling of being at sea, the anguish, frustration, and fear, the beauty that accompanies threatening spectacles, the spiritual communion with creatures in whose domain I sail. There is a magnificent intensity in life that comes when we are not in control but are only reacting, living, surviving.... [F]or me, to go to sea is to get a glimpse of the face of God. At sea I am reminded of my insignificance - of all men's insignificance. It is a wonderful feeling to be so humbled."

I have found this quote particularly compelling. As part of my own coaching training, I put together a Life Purpose Statement, and interestingly it begins:

"I am inspired and alive, completely aware of the wonders and awe of everything around me. I am deeply connected to the past as well as to the future, fully aware of my place in this universe (both great and small; both physically and in time). My inner voice is strong and clear, and guides me to live life fully. I move through life with a sense of purpose. I receive abundant blessings."

And boy, do I ever. So far, so good.

Signing off from Nuevo Vallarta,


  1. Baati, what a beautiful philosophy you have - I am so proud of you ... you are an amazing individual - so much inner and outer beauty! This truly put a few tears in my eyes.
    I also understand how you feel but could never express it so beautifully...I love you...
    x x x

  2. Hi Barbara,
    I loved what you wrote. Not only is it inspiring and beautiful, it is SO you!! Thrilled to hear that the adventure has been such a positive one for you and your family. It's been tremendous reading your blog.
    Love Phyllis

  3. As part of my schooling for holistic nutrition, I read Louis Hay's books. She is all about positive affirmations.
    You should add yours to her book - she would be lucky to have it.
    It's so important to appreciate each and every moment.
    miss you guys.
    still hoping May will work out. Any idea where you guys will be?
    loved hearing all about the fun times you guys had with my mom. Too bad the weather was so crappy when she was there.