A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm
– HENRIK IBSEN
So here we are staring down a new year full of as many hopes and possibilities and dreams as we have ever had.
And I wonder what will befall me.
What will befall you.
It is a daunting thought.
It is an exciting thought.
Ibsen got it right when he said a community is like a ship. I think it is too but sometimes we forget, becoming focused on our own needs and concerns. I think we are all part of the crew on the ship and we are all capable of stepping up and steering it through troubled waters if we have to.
We can get through the rough waters by showing kindness, compassion and tolerance for others. Those qualities are lights shining on the water. Guiding us.
So that’s what I want to do this year.
Take the helm if I have to.
As well as making me want to say – Ahoy, me hearties – it is a thought that cheers me.
I do like to think we are all in this together.