“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
John A. Shedd
There is a story that Chellie Campbell tells from back in the day. Back in the day, at the ports in London, the Merchants would plan their voyage as to the best route to travel and what trinkets lay waiting for them to retrieve. They would watch as their beautiful vessels would fill with the provisions for the long journey and the Crew (all men at the time) would be preparing for their last days on land before setting sail.
Once the ship sailed, there was nothing to do but wait and wait and wait. No cell phones nor easy communication.
On great occasions, a messenger boy would run from the port back to the Merchants office yelling, “your ship has come in, your ship has come in!” Thus the expression your ship has come in, was born.
If you think about it, these roles: Merchant, Crew, Passenger, Stow-away or Pirate are roles we can often spot in both our professional and personal lives. You may be in charge- taking the big hit if things go wrong and receiving the biggest reward if all goes well. At home, you may take on more responsibility and become accustomed to providing direction. The Crew (often including the Managers) who may be in dual roles, and the rest of the team or household have many tasks and supportive roles to fulfill. And no Ship-Building Merchant is going to last long without passengers or crew, and vice-a-versa.
Points of reflection: Are you in a Merchant role but are really better suited to be a Crew member or vice-a-versa? Finding yourself as a stow-away or a pirate? All Merchants and no crew? Who is in your tribe? Best to recognize and see what need this role is fulfilling, and gain some understanding as to what you and the team, company, family, or group gain, or not, from these roles.
I appreciate learning the stories that make up the expressions we become use to hearing, do you have any to share?
Giving oneself permission to be quiet, to see if this is indeed the time to set sail or if nestling in safety is in order, or doing something different, if you are always cutting the ties and running loose or stuck in the harbor what do things need to look like in order to set sail. Do we really need new experiences, or is true contentment finding ones’ location in the harbor?