“If you don’t send out your boats, they won’t come sailing in.”
I was reared on this saying and had been under the impression that it was first uttered by some very important person. I went looking this morning, but can’t find any references to it so am assuming, until I hear differently, that it was a makey-up of my parents.
It’s a saying that I think of every time I enter a writing competition, especially by post. I have no qualms about giving my entry a heartfelt kiss before popping it into the letter box in the Post Office.
It’s all about creating hope, isn’t it? Okay, one has to be prepared for the fact that some of the boats will get washed up along the way but it’s always good to know that one has boats gone out that may well come back to safe harbour with an abundance of hope on board.
I mentioned this to an artist friend a while back and this was his lovely response: