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Who Would You Be If You Didn’t Live on a Boat?

“Oh, you’re the friend who lives on a boat,” the person that I have been introduced to says as she shakes my hand.

“Yes, that’ll be me,” I smile in return.

I used to enjoy the attention that being identified as a liveaboard sailor brought, but lately, I feel the need to express all facets of the diamond. People identify themselves through all sorts of things: their jobs; what they drive; where they live or what they wear. I live on a boat and although I am a liveaboard sailor, I am other things. If I didn’t live on a boat, I would still be these other things.

You can see this in the workplace sometimes too. An employer identifies you by your position or pay grade and puts you in a box with no consideration for your life experiences. It is so ingrained how we interact with each other that one of the first things we ask someone new is, “So, what do you do for a living?” You reply and the other person puts you in the appropriate box. When people have to change jobs, sometimes they go through an identity crisis because they were so attached to the label of their position.

So it begs the questions, “Who am I?”

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I know who I am not.  I am still discovering who I am. If you believe that we are all here to share our gifts and learn our karmic lessons, then at some point in our lives (I am midway in mine), we ought to be able to answer this question shouldn’t we?

Eckhart Tolle tells us that, “I am”. Full stop. So, if I drop the word, “who”, I can say with confidence that I know who I am. DRAT! This is hard to do with that “who” word creeping up each time I try to explain myself. Back to the drawing board. It sure would be easier if each life came with a manual.


2 thoughts on “Who Would You Be If You Didn’t Live on a Boat?”

  1. When you were born, you didn’t come with an owner’s manual; these guidelines make life work better.

    1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.
    2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “Life on Planet Earth.” Every person or incident is the Universal Teacher.
    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.  Growth is a process of experimentation.  “Failures” are as much a part of the process as “success.”
    4. A lesson is repeated until learned.  It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it — then you can go on to the next lesson.
    5. If you don’t learn easy lessons, they get harder.  External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state.  When you clear inner obstructions, your outside world changes.  Pain is how the universe gets your attention.
    6. You will know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.
    7. “There” is no better than “here.”  When your “there” becomes a “here” you will simply obtain another “there” that again looks better than “here.”
    8. Others are only mirrors of you.  You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.
    9. Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting.  Take charge of your life –or someone else will.
    10. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences, and people you attract — therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have.  There are no victims, only students.
    11. There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences.  Moralizing doesn’t help.  Judgments only hold the patterns in place.  Just do your best.
    12. Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written.  You know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do is to look, listen, and trust.
    13. You will forget all this.
    14. You can remember any time you wish.

    I wish some gave me this a long time ago.
    Regards Darren

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