Resolved: Let's Go Boating
for the New Year is a good thing even when we don't
always do what we say we're going to do.
Most important, it
says we want to be better people. That is, we
haven't given up on ourselves.
In this column, I
went public with five boating resolutions for the
New Year, 2002. To the extent that I did not
succeed, I'll blame lack of time, not good
intentions. To the extent that I succeeded, I'll
credit the subject matter – boating.
I believe they are
still good, for me, and hope my desires will rub off
on you as well. Therefore, I hereby declare these
remain my resolutions for the 2008 and I've changed
the date accordingly.
We resolve to go boating more in 2008 than in
2007. Last year and in years before we sacrificed
leisure time for work. This comes from a little
voice in the head that keeps whispering
It's hard to out-shout that voice because, alas,
there's always more work to do. But, good news.
Doctors say a well-balanced life must
include leisure as well as work. Hopefully, our
newly-balanced life will include more time on the
boat. Thanks Doc.
We enjoy boating so much that we want others to
have the same feeling. In 2008 I’ll ask our
friends to join us on the boat more often. I read
somewhere that if you take up an activity before
the age of 15 years, you’re more likely to
continue it as an adult. So, when we invite our
friends to cruise with us, we’ll ask them to bring
their children or grandchildren, too. In 2008, we
resolve to introduce boating to more young people,
both friends and clients alike. We want them to
catch the boating bug, too.
We are in awe of Mother Nature. Where the water
meets the sky and earth, she is a huge, felt
presence – beautiful and inspiring: It's a
privilege to see her sunrises and sunsets, no two
the same; her birds of prey on the wing…or pecking
their way across a sand bar. In 2008 I resolve to
learn more about the things I see that give me
such pleasure. I'll get out my bird book and learn
all the varieties of shorebirds again. I'll try to
identify each shell I pick up before I add it to
my collection. We are in awe of all that surrounds
us and we are lucky to live in such a beautiful
part of the world.
Where we boat there are hundreds of small,
uninhabited islands and when we cruise by them we
sometimes wonder what they're like. The birds own
most but others have untouched, inviting beaches
and there's a rise to the ground that suggests to
me that people lived there years ago. Maybe they
left behind a tangible record of their lives --
arrowheads and pottery. In 2008 we will launch the
dinghy more in search of the spectacular history
of southwest Florida, from the Calusa Indians to
the Cuban fishermen. Our Islands are rich in
history. I plan to learn more of that history in
I love books and own a stack of award-winning
novels, biographies and historical fiction unseen
by my eyes. Birthdays, holidays and anniversaries
come and go. I get new books; my stack gets
taller. Our boat has a special place where a body
can curl up and read a good book. I'll put my
books on the boat. When we go cruising in 2008 I
will read my books.
You may have noted in the wording above the use of
the royal "we." Vic didn’t ask to be included in my
resolutions but, as I read them over, I realize I've
included him anyway. Oh well. Like a good meal and a
nice bottle of wine, New Year's resolutions are
better when you can share them with someone special.