Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Wind is Stolen from my Sails

Would you all please pardon me for this brief interruption of blog world blissfulness for a touch of reality here?   I am off of work today and sitting here trying to get motivated to GO and DO and BE yet I just cannot find the motivation.  You see, I have been hit with a big case of feeling like "the wind has been stolen out of my sails."  What to do?

This photo somewhat depicts a nautical vision of what happens when the wind is taken from your sails.

First let me clarify what I'm talking about here.   To have the wind "taken" or "stolen" from your sails happens when someone comes along side of you and literally steals (or blocks) your wind.  I'm not talking about loosing the wind in your sails from a shift in the wind, (or circumstances) or from something you have or have not done.  I am talking about loosing your wind from a direct result of someone else who has crossed your path and quite literally stolen your wind.  They have blocked you from moving ahead.  It slows you down and leaves you sitting still, drifting along until you can once again recapture the wind.

Now, let's look at this photo again more closely.  Do you see the first boat that is surging ahead in the background?  Look at what the crew is doing in this picture.  They appear to be hanging over the edge, don't they?

That's how I am feeling right now, hanging over the edge.  Without going into too much detail here, it's not about one issue in particular.  It's about the culmination of several (people and situations in my case) who have come along side of me and stolen the wind from my sails.  Normally, I am quite fine with drifting and waiting on the wind to return of it's own course.  However, there are times in life like this when the wind has been "taken" out of your sails when one must hang out over the edge.  Leaning out over the edge can rock the boat ever so gently but this is what helps you to surge ahead.  The real trick is learning how to hang out over the edge without falling face first in the water, don't you think?  I sure do!

So here I sit, contemplating my strategy's in life.   Do not worry, I am not as desperate or depressed as this may sound.  I am just thinking out loud on my blog, it's kinda therapeutic you know.  I am sure a day off will do me a world of good today once I get up and going!  I think I'll call my mom today and maybe do a little retail therapy.  Who knows?

  I also continue to pray for guidance in this race we call life because I trust that Jesus will lead the way for me in all situations.  He never promised us an easy life but he did promise to be right there with us, even hanging out over the edge.   

Anyway, this is Wednesday and I have a self imposed Wellness Wednesday theme that I sometimes like to hit upon here at The Decorative Dreamer.  So that's why I am sharing this, to let it go, and to hear from you.  What do you do when someone has knocked the wind out of your sails and you feel like you are hanging over the edge.  I'd really like to know!

Looks like the sun is trying to come out so hey, maybe it's going to be a brighter day soon.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh Mary this has happened to me and not too long ago. I try to let go (not fall face first in the water) and move on. It is so hard and doesn't happen overnight or even a few days, it can take months but I keep working at it and one day, I'm OK! Good Luck to you. Do something good for yourself. hugs, Linda

  2. Hey Mary. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about today! When this happens to me, I just try to remember to take it one breath at a time, sit back, relax and just let it pass. Retail therapy helps a lot, too! ;) ((((hugs)))) Hope things improve very soon for you!

  3. Well, you are letting it out and I am sure "talking" about it helps you think things through a bit more clearly. Talking with your mom and just talking out loud sometimes helps you get a clearer understanding of things. So that is one thing I do too. Another thing I do is spend time in prayer. I am starting down the Catholic faith and I have found the rosary to focus my eyes on eternal things. As one prays the rosary you are focusing on different aspects of the gospel--on what Christ has done for us. You are also praying the Lord's prayer several times. When I do this I truly do give things into his will, and I come away being a peace.

  4. Mary,
    We all have these times. Just hang in there and things tend to even out. Best to you!

  5. HI Mary, this has happened to me numerous times. You see I have lived with ALOT of addiction issues for my entire life. Parents, kids etc. So, I go to Al-Anon meeting every single week of my life. On Wed. nights actually. It is a wonderful program that affects ANY aspect of life. So,as we say, just take it one day at a time. Try to think things out, calmly. Give yourself some time. In the meantime, I will be praying for you. XO, Pinky

  6. I just hate it when someone hurts my feelings. It is hard to get over but, usually after a good cry, I am ok again. I know you will be, too.
    xo bj

  7. Oh they say this too shall pass..I hate that someone hurt you..Please hang it there and row your boat to get out from under their sails..Hugs and smiles to yo my dear friend Gloria

  8. Mary, I'm so sorry you are feeling this way and hope you get the wind back in your sail!

  9. Oh Mary, I loved this explanation of the expression! I never knew any of that, and I can honestly say that someone (ones... plural for me too) have taken the wind out of my sails recently too. I feel as if I'm hanging over the edge.

    I have no advice, just commiseration and hopes that you get the much needed wind.

  10. Mary I am sorry that you are feeling this way and have been down that road before. My dad has always told me to be kind to others no matter what they do because what goes around comes around. I like to think of it more as karma is a b$%#h! I have found it to be true and when I am faced with these things now, I pray a lot. I also write down all the things that I have in my life that I am grateful for. It is so nice to have a visual in front of you for you to focus on and realize that other people are just trying to make you as miserable as they obviously are. Hang your head over the side, but don't forget to pray and you will get your wind back. You are too positive of a person to let anyone get you down!

  11. Hope your spirits are a little higher. Lots of bumps, but we get through!
    Loved your new mantel too!


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