Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Sail away from the safe harbor ~

Trying to pass the time, waiting for the Maytag repair man who had a window to show up between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. to come and fix my washing machine . I picked up a little book someone gave me years ago called P.S. I Love You. Flipping through the pages, I came across something that seemed so appropriate for me at this time in my life.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Twenty years from now, should I live that many more. I would be 62. I do not want to live with disappointments or regrets. I want to Explore. Dream. Discover. BUT first, I have to throw off the bowlines that keep me safe in this harbor.


  1. i read that book. a plethora of good life lessons in those letters of his to her.

    i heard they are making it into a film soon...


  2. It's a wonderful thing to "Throw off the bowlines..." If you embrace your life with a certain amount of zeal, then everything can become an adventure...
    The color of a flower, the sound of laughter, the touch of the sun's beams on your face...can all be like tiny adventures...
    Thank you for visiting Shadowlight...
    You are always welcome...
    Have a Beautiful day!

  3. Angela....This is a lovely post...and very true! I'm sure you will accomplish many wonderful things in your life! Hope the repair man came....it drives me crazy when they give you a time...and then DON'T show up!

  4. Oh Angela! I am with you on this, no kids at home anymore, it's time to explore!

    Thanks for sharing, I may have to buy that book now.


  5. Phew! I was thinking about writing about a silly post being thankful for something like the washing machine and dryer and for them to be in tip-top shape! I AM thankful for them! I have a pile down there in the laudry room right now calling my name but I'm ignoring it til tomorrow! Scream away! you philthy clothes!!! LOL Oh! I hate to hear of anyone's husband, son, brother, sister,mother,ect. going over there!Let's expect a miracle together!!!Angela! My son was in the Army 9/11 over in Korea! He's out of the Army now but if they start drafting, I have a 23 year old son!

  6. What a wonderful quote. And so true. I try to sail away from the safe harbor as much as I can. It makes you live life so much more :)

    Thanks for your sweet and warm words on my blog the other. They did me good!

    xo Sophie

  7. Hey Angela, you have been posting!
    I kept checking...
    This is so true. I regret things undone much more so than things done.
    Whats done is done. But what's undone, sometimes can never happen again!
    Vive embracing life!

  8. Go ahead mommy, throw off the bowlines. Just know that I am NOT one of them. =)

    I love you!

  9. I like that quotation, Angela. It takes a certain amount of courage, I think, to step outside our everyday lives and do something we have always dreamed of doing...but never quite got around to. But if not now, when? It's so easy to let day after day drift by, thinking that you'll get around to that "one of these days." I don't think we should ever put off living!

    Even if we can't, for whatever reasons, be living our dream in a particular moment, we can be grateful for where we are and pay attention to the beauty and adventure in what is surrounding us...and that in itself makes life a dream. :-)

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