Being Soldiers of Something Better – Eyeing Eyes and the Horizon

“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” » Sir Francis Drake

The Waters flow under me, around me, and over me in my soul. I love the sea, it is a gift to be able to work a living from the sea. Not many get to experience what I do, and to see the sights the waters afford only over time.

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” » Robin Lee Graham

I read a statement that I’ve never forgotten. The difference the sea makes in a persons view, and viewing.

“Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down.” » John Masefield

How true it is, There is rarely a moment one is not glancing up, and around as a fisherman. Watching for fish schools, debris on the water, other vessels, waves, bird activity, whales porpoise, tuna, mackerel, herring, other peoples fishing activity or set gear. You name it. The life of a fisherman teaches you to look up, around, and watch that horizon, all 360 degrees. Being a Fisherman’s son, an working on the sea since I turned nine years old, has afford me the habit of looking up, and around. It has become instinct.

“In a real way learning to be a fisherman is learning to see, anticipate, and expect.”

In the Malian villages where i serve, this instinct just may have enabled me to look around and see things others might not see. Who knows?

I am fishing eels on Prince Edward Island these days, with Mali, West Africa, never far from my mind. Successful women literacy work I’d like to expand. I’d love to be recording thousands more Micro SD cards with Bambara educational materials, as they have gone viral again. All the things that could be set in motion, if I were there.  I am having serious withdrawal symptoms right now. But we are watching and waiting for a security wise window to open.

Those eel nets I began to hang while in Mali in the late nights of nothing to do, well, well several are in the water now, and a few more will be finished each week. I have been waiting for floats that never arrived, and it was hold us back, so I had to find another workable solution.  I wish I had moved on this other alternative sooner.

“I do not know whether I have been a good seaman, but I know I have been a very faithful one. Joseph” Conrad

“The wind that blows, the ship that goes and the girl that loves a sailor.”

How about you?
How is your view, and your viewing doing these days?
Are you able to look around, and see?
Have you let lives worries darken the edges of your sight?
Have you grown numb to love?
Are you one of those people longing for connection, but no longer feel you know how?
Has the routine of our economic system sucked the life out of your soul?
Can we agree to slow down a little and work on your view, and viewing?
Share with me how you are learning to focus your eyes upward, as seamen do, more often. How are you scanning your horizon.?
Let’s see the faces of the people around us, and more, let’s look at the eyes of people. I find I listen to people better when I look at their eyes more often.  Though, unfortunately, as an ugly, fat, balding older man, this kind of eye contact, though innocent, I’ve noticed creeps out many women. If you are handsome the ladies seem more often flattered, I’ve noticed. But that is not me.
Despite this, I believe eyeing eyes makes us better listeners. 
Every seaman is not only a navigator, but a merchant and also a soldier. ~ William Petty
There is so much war, tension, and in-your-face mouthiness in our world today.
I am trying to be a soldier of something better.

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