My job ended in December 2016. I made the concious decision to not panic and not look for work and invest in quality time with friends. Having no home my car holds various travel bags such as my suitcase, a rucksack with walking clothes, another for cycling clothes and a bag full of 21 journals hoping to be turned Into a book. Six weeks have past since the job/house loss, I have visited and stayed with friends in Bournemouth and Wales. It has been such a rewarding time, a rich time of investing in friendships, it has filled me with joy to slow down and have time for people. So much of real life and genuine social interaction starts to bud and grow in a way that is missed with the busyness and rush rush of modern life. I have invested my time and efforts into people and understand the apostle John’s statement that he could write to people but he longs to see them ‘face2face’. Why? So that his joy might be Full. Facebook, Twitter, etc can only go so far. They are a poor substitute for the forgotten art and joy of the company of family, friends and people.
Close to the Wind
This is a true sailing expression. Sail boats have different characteristics, but all need wind. Some can harvest the wind better than others. If you sail close to the edge of direction that the wind is coming from you may well lose the wind altogether, but you may be able to make better progress than a boat that can't sail as well in such a difficult situation. Thus, if you can 'sail close to the wind' then you can benefit, but you enter a risky area and may lose all. Sailboats use the power of the wind to propel them through the water. There is actual wind and apparent wind. When sailing from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time, one should sail as close to the wind as possible without allowing the wind to the back side of the sail, causing the sail to "luff" or flap in the breeze which deprives the boat of speed and direction.