“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

We have to remember that hard things in our lives, the ones that challenge us beyond what we think we’re capable of, are the moments that help us grow. If a sailor only ever encountered smooth waters, what would they learn? They might learn complacency, patience, stillness, etc. But their skills would not get better. They would not develop and grow beyond the techniques needed to sail smoothly.

Apply this to your day and your week. Sure, there might be some challenging and frustrating elements that you think will break you. But, when you look back on those in a day, a week, a month, a year, etc., you will notice that those moments taught you resiliency. Those moments that you feared made you stronger and more skilled than you ever thought possible. If you want to become a skilled sailor, you need to occasionally float in the dangerous waters. What can you try this week that rocks your boat, even just a little bit?