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posted 5/10/2008 11:50:32 AM |
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A part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.

This thought has been in my mind for awhile now. It seems it’s time to get it out. (Limited disk (brain) space available)

When we are young hopefully our parents provide us with a very safe harbor to moor ourselves in as we grow and mature. During these times the harbor never seems empty, it is a very busy place. So many friends and family coming and going all the time. We get to move around the harbor but we never do really make it out of that safety. It’s so safe, so comfortable such a good place to learn and grow. It’s supposed to be that way.

One day, we all leave those harbors of our youth. We all know when it’s time and with much anticipation(And sometimes much fanfare) we set out to find the world and discover new harbors. Those are some fun voyages we have. If we’re lucky the winds of change bring us back once in awhile to those harbors of our youth. We get to see old friends and familiar sights, we get to just drop anchor and relax a bit. Most of us though seem to leave all that behind again and again. We have our ships to sail and our adventures to find.

I was out riding along the lakefront path a couple of months ago. It was still pretty cold out so I could allow myself to get lost in the sights and thoughts without the fear of running into anyone. On one side as I made my way south were all the neighbor hoods and people. On the other was the lake, gray and forbidding and at least from my vantage point, quite empty. There are a few harbors along the route also. The emptiness of these harbors at this time of year jumps up and screams at you to look and pay attention to them. After about 6 miles I did stop, I did allow the emptiness to fill my spirit and my thoughts.

My thoughts drifted to my own life and how with all the sailing, looking here and looking there I had somehow missed (or sailed away from) something. I wondered how all the other travelers manage their harbors? Is there ever a time when we can drop our sails of disbelief and moor ourselves once again in full and safe harbors? Or is it that as time and our own selves play themselves out we find ourselves in Empty Harbors?

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May 10 @ 12:35PM  
I never had much of a harbor to go back to, still don't to this day. Those of you that do, I envy you and please, be grateful that you do have that safe harbor to go to!!

May 10 @ 12:38PM  
I think it is how we look at our lives . It is like the glass half full or empty . My harbor is very full at the moment and i think it will stay that way for the rest of my life . I have wonderful friends and am making new ones all the time ....They may come and some may go ,but they were in my life for a reason . I have friends all over the United States . Just because i`m not in there harbor at this minute ,does not mean i won`t make a stop someday . Take care, J

May 10 @ 1:10PM  
one of my favorite sayings....
"harbors are safe, but harbors are not what ships are built for"....

May 10 @ 1:19PM  
Your thoughts have been expressed very well...they deserve a kudo.

As for my harbor? I really don't know...I'd have to give it some serious thought. Just off the top of my head I think it's full when I want it to be...and empty when I need it to be. I enjoy solitude when I need it to regroup...other times I need company and I seek it out. I like having that choice.

I hope your harbor is full.

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