Out at sea, there are always ships waiting to go into Durban Harbour. This day I counted nineteen. I reflected on these ships. We see a speck, an object. Yet, ‘on board’ is a community, a group of people thrown together either through choice or through circumstance. They may be working, fulfilling their tasks or possibly on a cruise?
You may wish to ask yourself these questions. If you were a ship:
- What group of people would you like to have ‘on board’?
- What kind of cargo would be weighing you down?
- How would you balance that cargo?
- Who and what will be off-loaded at the next port?
- What kind of new cargo will you take on board?
- Ships are carefully designed and constructed for a specific purpose. What were you designed for?
- What keeps you a-float?
- How are you ensuring that you are maintained in ‘ship-shape’ condition?
- When are you sailing towards an exciting destination – and when are you a cork bobbing on the sea?
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928
The questions above may help you to reflect. If you’d like to share your own ‘ship’ questions with me, you are welcome to send me a personal e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org