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September 10, 2017: Let's Make it Happen
Many years ago, a group of my college friends gave me a framed poster with and image of a sailboat plunging into a giant wave and the phrase “MAKE IT HAPPEN” and a quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes that, for them, summed up the energy they said I brought to many of our activities: “Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

by Father Jadon

Many years ago, a group of my college friends gave me a framed poster with and image of a sailboat plunging into a giant wave and the phrase “MAKE IT HAPPEN” and a quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes that, for them, summed up the energy they said I brought to many of our activities:  “Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”  I was humbled by their gift, and the quote has hung in my office ever since.  When I was in Army basic training, I even brought it with me on an index card and hung it in my locker.  Both the idea “make it happen” and the quote itself have become like mantras to me as I have navigated life.

This summer I had the opportunity to go sailing several times on the Chesapeake.  I am not an experienced sailor by any means, but I thoroughly enjoyed the time on the water, the time with fellow parishioners and new friends.  One of the moments I came to look forward to most was the moment when everyone on the boat awaited the skipper’s command to “break.” Prior to that moment the crew was usually chatting casually and enjoying the views, but as the skipper felt and read the wind he would call the crew to prepare to adjust the sails. Everyone would go to their appointed positions and get ready…and then there would be a silent pause…waiting…readying…waiting…then a sudden call to “BREAK,”  and everyone on crew would simultaneously spring to action to do their task, and the boat would change direction, “sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,” zig-zagging across the water toward the destination.

As we ready ourselves for a new program year, there is so much underway here at All Souls and so much we can choose to make happen. It’s time to call “all hands on deck,” pull up our anchors, come back to church, and set sail. There is plenty of wind for us to use, so much opportunity.   

Last Published: September 7, 2017 11:31 AM
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