Many ports

Jeff snapped this photo of me aboard the Balclutha in San Francisco,  during one of the riskiest seasons of my life.  November 2003

Jeff snapped this photo of me aboard the Balclutha in San Francisco,
during one of the riskiest seasons of my life. November 2003

“There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.” Fernando Pessoa

Sea voyages make good metaphors for life, because they encompass the adventure, daring, uncertainty, beauty and danger that are part of living.  It might be easy to dream of a journey as a means of escape, but in reality, trouble is everywhere and risk abounds, even for those who try to escape calamity by staying home.

As Pessoa points out, pain will be inevitable even with a smooth voyage and safe arrival.  Though we may not set sail for the same ports, we have sorrow in common.  We also have joy, hope, compassion and the excitement of discovery.  Let’s continue to help each other in faith that what unites us is greater than what divides us.  All of us face challenges, known and unknown, and we need each other.

One year ago today:

Fishermen know

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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