READ: I just spent a splendid, sunny Sunday afternoon navigating Lake Michigan’s waters aboard Kuleana, a 38-foot sailboat belonging to one of my faithful readers, Rick Broquet and his wife, Donna. Kuleana, incidentally, is a rough Hawaiian equivalent to the concept of Ikigaiwhich was on my mind last week.
Rick appreciated the way that I have talked about motorcycling as a spiritual discipline in the past, and wanted to share with me an experience of how piloting a boat serves the same ends for him. Like author, Ed Merck, the Broquets are now planning to embrace the life-less-ordinary by spending their golden years coastal-hopping. As I took over the wheel for awhile, Rick coached me through the process of turning the rudder to keep the sails taught and yet stay on course; advising me to “just find and follow the wind.”
That’s pretty excellent advice in just about any domain, now isn’t it? How many times do we find ourselves strained and stressed out, only to realize that we’re trying to chart a course against the winds of change? I hope you can find the wind in your sails this week and let it carry you effortlessly onward.
WATCH: I was thoroughly blown away (pun very much intended) by the closing keynote speech given by Adam Kreek at Catapult 2018, the small business workshop I attended on Wednesday and Thursday here in Chicago. His stories of winning Olympic gold in Beijing, crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat and summiting mountains were all very impressive, but most impactful to me was the way that this physically imposing man also exemplifies open-heartedness and masculine emotional intelligence.
LISTEN: Right now, I’m grooving out to Federico Aubele’s record, Panamericana, and daydreaming about the next grand adventure I told Rick and Donna is on my own bucket list: motorcycling from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. This would be a most worthy soundtrack indeed.
Make this week magnificent!