26 January 2012

Quote for today on balance in your preparedness

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – William Shedd

William Shedd was a theologian who lived in the latter part of the 19th century.

His quote is useful to me in that it reminds me that living in "prepper mode" all the time is not what life's really about, nor what God has intended for us.

Don't get me wrong — I still believe that we should consider the future and be as prepared as possible. The key thing is not to live in that frame of mind throughout the day, each and every day.

It's great to have a "safe harbor" at home, but we need to get out into the world and live our lives to the fullest.

I'll leave you with another parallel quote by Mark Twain that sums it up nicely:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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