Sail On

My friend and neighbor gave me a book recently. It is called Parables From The Sea and was written by Robbins Wolcott Barstow. What amazed me about it was that in the first few pages I found a paragraph that describes my friend perfectly. It goes: "I often think of the way some people are always leaving trails of light and gladness as they sail on through life. There must be a great many who do for I know a lot of them. They are the kind of people you are happy to meet anywhere, in a shop or on a street or at home."

That quote made me think not only of my friend but also of all the other people over the years who have blessed my lifeís voyage with their light and gladness. There was my Mom and my Grandma whose shining love guided me over the rough waters of childhood and all the storms that went with it. There was my Aunt and my Dad who kept me sailing on through the heartbreak after my Mom and Grandma died and back towards a joyous horizon once again. There were my two brothers and three children who taught me how to find the joy in life even on the fiercest days when the waves crashed against my ship. There were my teachers, neighbors, and friends who showed me the many ways to steer my boat into the peaceful harbors of love and happiness that life gives us. Each and everyone of these people taught me a little more about sailing the ship of my life. Each and everyone of them showed me as well to always look towards Godís North Star and to always set my sails with the winds of His love.

May all of you always sail on towards greater love and joy in your own lives. May all of you always bless those around you with trails of light and gladness as well. But most of all may all of you always keep your ships guided by Godís, loving light and never forget the true place that you are sailing towards.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2008 ( -- submitted by: Joseph Mazzella ]

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