Here’s Day 2’s Challenge: If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tracks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.
Well, first, since this blog does exist to try to inspire right thinking, not necessarily just following directions, I thought it my duty to just ask whether you fine people believe the above quote to be true, good, and right regarding “the best ship?” Second, does that “if” quote actually prove the point of the “then” statement. In such a formula, it should; for instance, IF you jump out of a plane, THEN you will fall to the ground. We know because of gravity, this is true. What about today’s challenge? Perhaps we can accept the first statement in the sense that it is impossible for a boat to travel in a straight line, therefore all boats, even the best, are constantly correcting their direction. So, we take the ship statement, not as metaphor or as saying that it’s sometimes/always best to travel in zigzags, but as a statement about the limitations of real boats.
Fine. I’ll accept that…but what does that have to do with genuine human behavior? It’s one thing to say that life is like a ship in the sense that we are constantly rechecking and correcting our direction, but it’s another thing entirely to declare that genuineness depends on focusing on those little corrections in the here and now. In fact, it could be argued that such present focus is bound to fail if our past (point of departure in this metaphor) and future (destination) are not kept in mind as well. Are the present corrections more genuine than the past that has molded us and the future that we long for and pursue? I do not think so.
So, the task at hand…today in one sentence: Today I know my worst self and hope that I can write the same tomorrow due to remembrance instead of accomplishment.