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The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
-- Gustaf Lindborg

The above is a wonderfully succinct expression of the kind of pragmatism I prefer to have in my life and which I wish that more people could embrace.  When I interact with the world, there is a natural desire to be effective in my actions, to achieve what I desire and enjoy the fruits of that accomplishment.  If any of that is going to happen, though, my actions must conform to the laws of physics and nature and the usages of reality.  The process of sailing is perhaps an unusual example of this, but I think an apt one.

Sailing, though a beautiful activity, has a great deal of science and technique tied up in it.  Here I’m thinking specifically of the need to be able to move one’s sailboat into the wind, how that seems to be an impossibility, yet with the method of port and starboard tacking, it is easily done.  There is no magic or wishful thinking involved.  It is a learned skill, and once learned, it empowers the person holding the rudder and sheet line to travel very nearly wherever he or she wants.  Similarly, there are thousands of other talents which may be cultured and can be of benefit to oneself and others: growing food, cooking, driving a car, whether casually or competitively, building a house or a cabinet.  There are subtler skills involving human interactions, which can range from coaching soccer to counseling those with emotional problems.  Each of these abilities may be acquired through as many ways as there are people who practice them.  The one thing none of them require is faith.

And rather than choosing to “have faith in oneself,” I would substitute the phrase, “develop trust in oneself.”  Having confidence in one’s capacity for learning and growth, based on past performance, is a healthy practice, though one should add a willingness to be self-critical and open to the observations and critiques of others.  It is through such practices and others that self-confidence and self-ownership evolve and grow.

Rather than be victimized by the wind, one can use it to advance one’s own purposes, and perhaps others’ as well.  The sheet line is right in front of us and the rudder handle just behind.  Learn how to use them.  Learn to sail.

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