The Beacon Of Hope

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche


As the lost sailor sails upon the unknown seas, he is swayed by the storms of the night. Shaken by the waves of trials and tribulations, the radiance within the sailor begins to fade. A dimming hope is surrounded by the darkness of uncertainty. Wave by wave, the sailor becomes worn down. As the waters of the sea begin to flood the deck, the sailor releases his grip and gives into the storm. He watches in desperation as the waters begin to rise. The ship begins to lose direction and tilts toward the sea. As the sailor creeps upon the doorstep of eternity, he notices something upon the horizon. A light so dim, he questions its authenticity. Subjected to an ultimatum at his darkest hour, he begins to set the better sail. As the winds of circumstance blow upon his ship stronger than ever, he tightens his grip and locks his eyes onto the horizon. Pelted by the hail of the skies, he remains poised. Determined to find the source of the light, or perish in its attempt, he fears no evil. It was at that point; the dim light became less dim. As the light became brighter, the storm began to yield. It was as if the goddess of good fortune flipped the switch upon the sailor. As the storm began to quell, he began to make out the source of the light. It was a beacon upon a small island. But it wasn’t just any beacon; it was the beacon of hope. It was this beacon, which gave the sailor the idea that perhaps there is something brighter beyond the horizon. That single idea gave him a purpose. With purpose, he knew what he wanted and went for it. The sailor eventually reached the island, recovered, and repaired his ship. He then set sail to great destinations and continues to follow the light. As he travels onward, he remembers an old sailors phrase; “When the winds begin to blow, and the skies begin to hail, seek great wisdom as you go, and set the better sail.”

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