Animals are my teachers.  When I watch them doing their thing, I learn tons of lessons that help me make my life into what I want it to be.  Take dragon flies for instance.


Dragon flies are like humans.  In their short lives they spend their time doing two major things: flying and holding on. 

Most of the time dragon flies are flying flapping their wings a bazillion times a second as they zip from place to place.   Occasionally, I see them with their landing gear down holding on. 

I do the same things, except that most of the time I am holding on, and only occasionally I spread my wings and fly.  Sometimes I even forget that I have wings.


Every morning God drops a new day in my lap and gives me the opportunity to fly.  The trouble is that too much of the time I am holding on when I should be flying.  Even after sailing around the world on a yacht, even after navigating through pirate infested waters, even after surviving the savage seas, my inner voice tells me to hold on and do the safe thing when it should be encouraging me to fly.  I'm beginning to wonder whether my inner voice has a problem.

Holding on has two major problems.


First, holding on keeps me where I am, stuck in a no growth zone.  Life is about growth and change, and if I'm not growing and changing, then I'm wasting my life.  I'm dying before my time and life is too short for that.  It's a big world out there with hundreds of countries to visit and thousands of opportunities for adventure.

I'm going to tell you a secret.  The reason God gave me a new day is so I could do something new with it.  I'm not supposed to do the same things today that I did yesterday.  That would be going into rewind and making my life into a rerun.  What a waste!  Every day is a new life.  Yesterday was my old life, and today is my new life.  If I live right today, I will make it into something entirely new.  I will break new ground and become a new person different from the one I was yesterday.

The second problem with holding on is that I usually hold on to the wrong things; I hold on to stuff.  Just look at my yacht.  It's now floating about twelve inches below its designed water line because of all the stuff I have on board.  And then there is all the stuff I have in storage facilities waiting for the day that someone finally disposes of it in an estate sale.  I'm not the only one afflicted with this curious addiction to stuff.  Just drive down the streets of America, and you will see people cramming their stuff into storage facilities everywhere.

There's only one thing that I should hold on to, and that is love.  Stuff comes and goes, but love endures forever.  I've owned a lot of things in my life, and I've rediscovered that the best things in life still are free.  I'll tell you what I want: good health, a heart full of love, and enough freedom chips to keep on trucking.  If I have those three things, I have everything I need to fly.

Thank you Mister Dragon Fly.  Thanks for reminding me to let go and to spread my wings and fly.


Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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