Army of Ink Sailing Still

army of ink sailing still

A time to go – place to stay.

On this particular day, something precious came to its end.  Two breaths became one.

Footnote:   A docked boat is one that has been taken out of a damaging environment for repair and restoration. It’s going nowhere right now, but it still has a place – and relevance.   Perhaps this ‘pulling up’ process is one we have to continually engage in – and make time for.   Time to restore ourselves.  To stabilise and question; ‘Where to from here?’   But the pace of life too often gets in the way.  Interrupts.  And doing ‘nothing’, taking time out for ourselves, isn’t something always viewed in a positive light.   So it’s the ‘stopping’ in the image that seems important.

“A time to go – a place to stay”?  reflects not only creating a place in our lives for those who we have lost but it could also be about choosing (in our living lives) what to move away from and what to hold on to and really importantly….. what we can take from all of that’s made us who we are and use it in the building of our future selves.

And that can be a tough process in itself because we often come up against those around us who resist our endeavors to change.   And so we get stuck – like the little boat.

The flying of the flag could be a salute to those who feel they’re not getting anywhere right now. It’s brave to sit with yourself.  By yourself.  In uncertainty.   It’s also brave to make these regular stops to question and work out where and how to?

(This ‘Ink’ appears in Clunk & Jam, 2019).