I am writing today from beautiful Dominican Republic where the waters are beautiful, endless, and feisty. Today’s letter is P–Partner With Fear, inspired by Hemingway’s Old Man and The Sea.
Santiago, an old fisherman, had gone 84 days without catching a fish. His luck became so bad that Manolin, his assistant, was forbidden by his mother to sail with him. On the 85th day he goes out to the skiff determined to catch a fish. And he does. With great struggle he catches a huge eighteen feet marlin, who by the time Santiago reaches shore, has been eaten by the sharks.
What is beautiful about this story is the nature of the struggles Santiago encounters. First, there is the struggle with himself and his ego in ending his streak of bad luck. Then, there is the struggle with the marlin, with whom he develops a great respect for as they both fight for their life. And finally, with the sharks–Santiago’s final and greatest adversaries as they devour this great fish that he had grown to care for.
It is natural for us to want to conquer our fears, but what if we joined forces with our fear and made them co-founders of our greatest desires? What if we made them allies? If we make them allies and partners in our struggles, we implicitly believe we will overcome them and they will not be beyond our grasp.
Everyday Far From Timid will post a LoveLetter–a mantra that inspires you to #LoveOutLoud-to take a risk for someone or something that you love. Hope you have a #LoveOutLoud day
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