Logging the journey

by Juliet Platt on January 24, 2012

in Journaling

Thanks to the apparent breath-taking arrogance and cowardice of the Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino we have a graphic and tragic lessson in the importance of being fully present in our experience – and how devastating the impact might be when we’re not.

Metaphorically speaking, we are each the captain of the ship of our life. We’ve got our responsibilities and our safety procedures, and we know when and how to implement these to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy.

Sometimes we might be tempted to listen to our inner commentator telling us what to do, what not to do, what people might think. Or our ego might take over, deflecting blame, self- justifying, and over-reacting to criticism.

At these times we will have taken our eye off what’s really going on around us, and as signor Schettino demonstrated, our ship could go down.

So best to keep our wits about us, to stay aware of what’s happening in the present moment, and be mindful of our responsibilities and safety procedures should we begin to run aground.

Our journal can be our ship’s log, where we practise getting present and listening to the authentic voice of our conscience rather than the cruel and raucous squawking of our ego.

In memory of those who needlessly lost their lives in terrifying circumstances off the coast of Giglio, January 2012.

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