“I was shipwrecked before I even boarded…the journey showed me this – how much of what we have is unnecessary, and how easily we can decide to rid ourselves of these things whenever it’s necessary, never suffering the loss.” Seneca, Moral Letters.
If you were to suffer the misfortune of a shipwreck, to what level would your gratitude return? Would you be grateful for reaching terra firma with your life and the lives of your loved ones? Or would your anguish turn to dwell on the loss of material possessions above life itself?
Sometimes we can overload ourselves with worries about things that detract us from what we really need in life. Sitting low in the water and with an uneven keel, perhaps it is these things that cause us to steer off course and to feel vulnerable to being overwhelmed by the tide of events outside of our control. Strip it back to the bare necessities and lighten your load.