Commandeer Your Boat!

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

I absolutely love being on the water. There is something refreshing and rejuvenating resting in the midst of peaceful calamity. The sheer power of water can be devastating. It is also tranquil. Observation can give wonderful lessons on moving with the ebb and flow of life.

During a much-needed rest, I decided to go for a boat ride. With excitement and anticipation, I paid for my moment! As I paid for the services I expected to be extended to me, I was informed that I would have to drive the boat myself. Driving was not the problem. However, driving a boat for the first time might be an issue!

As the young lady began to cover the rules, I noticed this was a big boat! Maybe she misunderstood. I had never driven a boat before. I was alone. This was uncomfortable! Like some, I did not mind paying my weight. I did not choose to deal with my fear, but I could pay someone to drive me around the river. What happens when you cannot pay your way out of the lesson? Wisdom responded, “if you follow the map and the rules you will be fine.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!” – Mark Twain

The one thing I knew with surety is I wanted to be on the water! I also logically deducted that for me to be on the water, at that moment, I had to face my fear. Yes, this was different! Yes, it was my first time! Yes, I was alone! The dilemma quickly became two options. Take the risk or miss the moment! I cannot miss a moment. I fearfully decided to commandeer my boat! Fear may not immediately dissipate after the choice has been made. Do it anyway!

Stay focused. Stay on the path outlined for you. Many times, we give others control over what we should do and could do ourselves. For the first time in my life, I enjoyed being the captain. I felt a fantastic amount of freedom in taking care of myself and being in control of what was meant to be my moment.

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures a prosperous voyage.” – George William Curtis

Today, commandeer your boat! Whatever that boat may feel like, look like, is shaped like, or the size does not negate the fact that you are the captain of you! If you make the choice to face your fear, then you will eventually experience the freedom of presiding over your precious moments.

Dr. La Tonya Powers is a mother, pastor, author, entrepreneur, and community leader. Dr. Powers was destined for what she loves to do, and that is helping people whether in or outside the walls of the church. Need strategy? Navigate to and book your appointment today!

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