I am sitting here writing this in my Hawaiian shirt embracing the warmer weather and dreaming of boats. My boat actually. Big surprise I know because Margaret (we’re on a first name basis) is in my mind most of the time anyway. Today I am thinking about what I need to do to get her ready for the season.
I probably seem to be the guy who has two seasons during the year, sailing season and thinking about sailing season. I do actually do other things in life as well some of them kind of important. I am blessed with many things in my life from professions and activities and the best Über Family I could ever imagine!
A person’s family comes from all directions. The most obvious is your blood family. The immediate family then in-laws and then it grows. Children arrive, then they grow up and they have children then… You get the idea.
A person’s extended family comes from all over the place. People show up in our lives in all sorts of ways. Education, work, church, organizations, neighbors and others bring people in and out of our lives and some of them “stick.” Some drift out of our lives who we thought we real close and for some reason they drift away, sometimes it’s nobody’s fault.
A blessing is when one of these friends drifts off and then years later drifts back in and becomes your best friend. That really is a blessing!
Richard Bach in his book, Illusions said, “The members of your true family are not necessarily blood related.” This is so true when you look at the people in your life. There are many who you would consider to be closer then some of your bloodline. Then, looking at your bloodline, you would swear that some were adopted and wonder why they didn’t keep a receipt. (I know you can’t really return them!)
As we embrace this Über Family, we enrich our lives in many ways and we are able to enrich others as well. That is why organizations such as the Bay Shore Yacht Club are important. We are a group of people from varied backgrounds and beliefs who have the common love of boats and the boating lifestyle. We are a group of people who see the importance of boating in our lives and want to share that with each other (and anybody else who would listen!)
So, here we are starting a new year with all those pesky resolutions (you made yours, right?) and dreaming of boats. Boats are good therapy for me, particularly Margaret who has taken me through some wacky stuff and brought me home safely. Margaret too, is my family and maybe you have some things in you life important like my Margaret. I hope you do. Embrace ALL of your family. It brings out the good energy in this Universe and the world is better for it.
Embracing your Über Family either physically or emotionally is a good thing for all of us. The boating season is just around the corner and a new year is underway. Let’s look at the ways that our Über Family is in our lives and pay it forward in all we do.
Peace, Love and Coconuts!
s/v Margaret Elizabeth