Thursday, May 10, 2018

Swell: Sailing the Pacific in Search of Surf and Self by Liz Clark

Book Review: Swell: Sailing the Pacific in Search of Surf and Self  by Liz Clark

A modern day sailing adventure accomplished with luck and consummated with dedicated and determined perseverance.
I loved this story that paralleled my own dream boat escape adventure forty years earlier that generated four books; Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Sailing the Sea Islands, Sailing the Florida Keys and Sailing to St.Augustine.
Liz Clark is truly a person to be reckoned. Her unique sailing adventures opened her mind and broadened her horizons in tune with nature, the planet earth, and the universe.
Her remarkable story is laced with philosophical perceptiveness and spiced with amazing insights that can only be archived by departing from the work-a-day world now programmed into the modern mind.
This is a must read book worthy of more than five stars.
I have proven, at least to myself, that with plenty of hard work, choosing love will never lead to lack. It takes courage, but once the decision is made, doors open that seemed forever shut. Walking through them feels hopeful, exhilarating, and full of purpose. I am not the best sailor or the best surfer, or the most credentialed at anything, but chasing my dream has taught me that fulfillment and self-love don’t come from being the best. They come from pursuing our passions and connecting to our own spirits, communities, and world. Being the best, or richest, or strongest, or sexiest without feeling connected doesn’t sound heavenly at all.

I stop occasionally to pick up scattered chip bags, plastic forks, and empty bottles along the shore as the sun touches down on the horizon. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t my trash; it’s my Earth. And that’s the beauty of Oneness: Love has no borders.
If we think we already know everything, we shut ourselves off to unlimited possibilities and potential. If we leave it all up to the experts, we give up our power.
It’s up to us to stay curious, keep evolving. And let go of what no longer serves us. It’s up to us to work together and use our unique callings and skills to get our planetary spaceship back on course.