It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, August 04, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 4, Book 14

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.

Herman Melville

While I’ve never taken an ocean voyage, I have read plenty of books about them and heard a lot about the cruises of others.  The analogies between a ship sailing the high seas and a human being sailing the ocean of life are endless.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust 

One of the things a ship has to have in order to operate properly is good workers.  They must be friendly and get along with people, they must be able to work long hours, and they serve the needs and wants of others.

That is a lot like most of us… if we want to get along with others, we need to be friendly. Our work is often hard and long and we find ourselves serving others, more than ourselves.  

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.

 George William Curtis

The other side of being on a cruise is being a passenger…that sometimes seems like the nicer side of the voyage.  When we are a passenger we get to sit back and wait to be served.  We can take part in lots of good food and don’t have to do the dishes.  

Then there are those who view the voyage from the point of departure.  They never get on board or do much but watch the goings on of others.  They are the ones that miss out on life because they are afraid to take a risk. 

 We need to jump aboard and enjoy the trip.  We work and then we play.  If you don’t have a good mix of both the journey isn’t going to be as good as it could be.  If we didn’t have work to do the playing wouldn’t seem like have as much fun.

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through the life:
Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox 


linda m said...

You are so right about a ship sailing and life being similar. I personally have never been on a cruise but know people who have. And they all say a cruise is what you make of it. And so is life - what you make of life determines how you feel. Good topic. Blessings

jack69 said...

Sailing/steaming at sea is perfect for comparrison. I have worked on cruises and enjoyed just as a passenger. I have enjoyed them both.

The mysteries of the sea do compare to the mysteries of life, the adventure as well. I am a sailor at heart, love the smell of the sea.
Good one sweet lady!


Love the comparison of life to a ship's voyage. Like this quote in particular, "Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life."

Hollie said...

What a great comparison!! I've never really thought of it in this manner, but it is so true!!

betty said...

I love life as a voyage, and so true in different parts of it we can be the servers and in other parts the passenger. Just hope that it is smooth sailing when we do so :)