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Paikea Mist's Ode to Our Shores
the wet coast, the wild coast the mighty magnificent west coast. water spills from your snowy peaks and fills my soul. may your winds push me onwards yet always bring me home.
The Tipping Point
Gloria
04/18/2009

You may have found Beth Leonards quote on our home page. " I am acutely aware of the perfection of the moment., we are balanced between wind and water, between travelling and arriving, between closing one door and opening another." These are words that inspire me daily, Beth wrote them as she was experiencing landfall after an ocean crossing.
The reality of this moment speaks a little differently to me though. I am acutely aware of the tension of the moment. We are tipping, not balanced between staying and leaving, while desperately trying to keep the foot in both doors rather than closing one and opening the other! After all, we are not exactly running away from what is already a pretty wonderful life here on the West Coast. On this slippery slide towards our sailing adventure, I see long and expensive to do lists in front of us, and a only glimmer of setting sun, waves and wind in the distance. I spend time in our mountains skiing with my kids and imagine a future with skype phonecalls and emails. I reflect more vividly on loved ones lost while imagining meeting numerous new faces in amazing new places. I see a life time of learning a profession competing with a never ending mountain of seafaring knowledge both accumulated and still beckoning to be studied. So yes, for this moment there is tension, in ample amounts. But once that tension shakes loose, the release will be wonderful, and perhaps dramatic! Michael, get ready to catch me!
But what is life without experiences to mark your passage?

'All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margins fade forever and ever as I go" Lord Tennyson

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"I am acutely aware of the perfection of the moment, we are balanced between wind and water, between travelling and arriving, between closing one door and opening another" Beth Leonard, Blue Horizons