Canoes in the Yard

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

The source for the above quote is a bit unclear– several online searches attribute the  quote to several different individuals– thus I can’t quite say for certain who said it.

Yet, the intention is clear. Ships aren’t meant to be built and left in the harbor. They are meant to sail.

The sturdy canoes and colorful kayaks in the picture above are useless, if they are never tested in the water, if they never carry anyone out over the deep.

Oars are not meant to stand looking like giant fly swatters. They are meant to slice the water, to propel one forward and onward.

I am reminded of these words from The Artist’s Way, which I have been reading this summer: “…the unexamined life is not worth living but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.”

Oh.

So… an unlived life can be likened to a list of intentions (or dreams?) that are like boats that just… sit there.

It makes me wonder.

What canoes are parked in my yard?

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Sharing with Jen at Finding Heaven, Laura at The Wellspring, L.L. Barkat at Seedlings in Stone, and Jennifer for God-Bumps and God-Incidences

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17 thoughts on “Canoes in the Yard

  1. “…the unexamined life is not worth living but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” Wow! Those are some words to think about! I am not here to be safe. Am I doing what I was intended to do? Great thought-provoking post!

  2. What a great question, dear friend. I’ll be pondering my canoes today- the ones stuck in my yard rather than moving across the water. Blessings on your week.

  3. Anna–I don’t think I’ll ever look at a lake or a canoe in the same way again.
    “So… an unlived life can be likened to a list of intentions (or dreams?) that are like boats that just… sit there.”

    I would concur–this is a great post to ponder.

  4. Great post. Thanks for stirring me up and challenging me to think. I have been very interested in reading The Artist’s Way but have not. You make me wonder if it is time. Thanks for giving me lots to gnaw on in my heart and head.

    1. I, too, held off on reading that book. I had it for a few months before I began reading it. But, I’m finding it worth the time and effort. :) Thank you for stopping by here today!

    1. I almost ended with the post with a question along those lines… but then decided to keep the post in first person. :)

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