In my own life, I rely on early morning prayers to prepare for the challenges and opportunities the new day holds in store for me, my loved ones and our business associates. Today I meditated about the meaning and importance of water.
Water is the vital central source of your being. Spending time on water with your loved ones, in communion with nature, opens the door to discover, not only a vital Spiritual connection that goes back to the beginning of time, it leads you and your loved ones to become closer, healthier and happier.
I experience a profound peace to contemplate how water plays a central a role in belief systems throughout the world. Some of my earliest Spiritual experiences began through baptism, and other ritual uses of water, that are a central component of the world's religions and spiritual traditions.
Water is the great purifier. We wash away our sins, we cleanse our wounds, and our tears bring release. Across the ages creation stories begin with water as a central theme. For example, the Hopi indians creation story starts with "In the beginning, the earth was nothing but water," and in the Bible's book of Genesis, you'll find "The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters." I believe that the healing powers of water can directly be traced back to the intimate relationship between God and water.
As a whole, your body is made of about 60 percent water. Water regulates your temperature, moves nutrients through your cells, keeps your membranes moist and flushes waste and toxins from your body. The very air you breathe, and the food you eat, that gives you life requires a lot of water to process -- your lungs are 90 percent water, your brains are 70 percent water and your blood is more than 80 percent water. Water is part of every cell and fiber in you; it is your very essence. [source: Mayo Clinic]
Water is your ultimate connection to everything. Water is the common denominator that weaves your life in communion with the earth, land animals, sea creatures, and plants. Water is what everything and everyone has in common. It's awesome and humbling to consider that there has been the same amounts of water on the earth from its inception. This is why I see boating as a gift. To live a healthy balanced life, it is our collective spiritual obligation to be water's caretakers.
Which brings me to something I'd like to share with you: when I see one of our trailers full of vessels, I don't simply see it as "another load that needs haulin'." What I see is much greater than that -- I see you with your family and loved ones growing closer, thanks to the many experiences that will be shared on these beautiful vessels. Our crew treats each vessel as the container of your most cherished memories. Each vessel must be treated with the deep respect you and your family so richly deserve.
Have a great day. And thank you for spending these moments with me. Better yet, go spend time with your loved ones on the water. You deserve it.