“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
Yes, I know that publishing this at 10:20 at night might seem to defeat the purpose of “Inspiration for Your Day,” but I prefer to take the glass-half-full approach and simply suggest that this still works wonderfully for people halfway around the world in China who are just starting their days, or perhaps even the people in Hawaii, for whom the day is still young. Even if you’re about to hit the hay, it might not be such a bad idea to fall asleep contemplating this notion of wind and sails.
When I read Dean’s words, I think of volleyball. And no, it’s not because I once tried to use a sail as a net and it kept getting blown over so I had to incessantly readjust it. It’s because we have a phrase in the sport that’s called “better the ball”. It means that the ball isn’t always going to come right to you, or land just where you want it to, but you have to do the best with what you’re given. In the same vein, the wind doesn’t always make things easy for you when you’re out on the ocean, and life doesn’t always propel you from one magical circumstance to the next.
Things don’t always go our way. Sometimes the wind is just blowing in the wrong direction or the volleyball seems to be spinning unpredictably towards us. But when we are faced with this adversity, and when we recognize that these things are out of our control, then we start focusing on productive things that we have the capability to change, such as our attitude or our expectations. When we adjust our sails, and start looking at what we can do with what we’re given, then we open ourselves up to any number of greater, unexpected possibilities. If everything in life was in our control, it would get exhausting. And if everything happened according to plan, we’d lose the excitement of serendipity, even if it’s hidden behind a supposed stroke of bad luck.
Don’t worry about what you can’t change. Instead, think about what you can, and you’ll always reach your destination, even if its not the same destination you originally set out for.