Like the kitten in the pet store, this little boat waits for someone to take her home.
Is she forlorn or is she full of anticipation for a new life?Endings are always beginnings, just as beginnings are always endings. It’s a circular motion which takes place every moment of our lives. Sometimes we are acutely aware of the changes. They give us pause, can take our breath away, stimulate tears, or bring smiles.
This little boat in the harbor at Cartegena, Spain, with the se vende/for sale sign in her window, tied up snugly in the calm waters of the marina symbolizes change for me. The crest on her hull is of the Real Club de Regatas Cartegena, the Royal Yacht Club of Cartegena. I wonder if she’s still wearing those colors or if her new ‘mother ship’ is from another club, or none. Will she continue to be well-maintained? Will she get out onto the Mediterranean or languish in the harbor? I’ll never know.
But I can imagine her happily being towed behind a larger boat and then, when the big ship anchors, being untied and driven off to fish, or picnic, or take the dog to shore. Fantasizing about the future of a little boat can help me dream about the future for all of us. Is the sea going to be clean? Will the fish still be there? How do I be a good steward of the small piece of this fragile earth for which I am responsible? Can one person have any impact? Yes. The power of one cannot be underestimated. Like the power in this little boat’s engine which is strong enough to propel the vessel and her human cargo, my own power can carry others forward.
We all have power. Power itself is inert; it waits to be used just like the little boat. How will I use my power? How will you use yours?