As you sit in the Calm you can choose to do nothing and fear everything – or, you can raise the sail in preparation of the wind which will inevitably stir in the moments immediately thereafter.[Raise the Sails]
This is not faith, rather this is a deep understanding that life demands constructive actions even during the most difficult of times. Not stasis, nor impatience, rather foundational acts of courage and diligence.
Far better to prepare for the wind, then curse the quiet – else, you will certainly sleep unprepared and wake up having unwittingly having traveled from Calm to Calm.
(revised 2021, March 31)
I return to this poem that I wrote a decade ago. It lifts me up. It reminds me to warm my engine and move down the rack even on the coldest of days.