A Windsurfer’s Prayer (from New Zealand)…
Spirit of Love, you are strong and true,
a constant wind to our sails.
Your power will never fail us
but the direction we take depends
on the way we set our sail,
and that skill can only come
from practical experience of journey.
Yes, we studied manuals, examined charts,
listened to the advice of others,
but in the end it’s a matter
of getting out there and doing it.
And we can be sure that just as we think
we’ve got everything under control,
we tack the wrong way and capsize.
That’s the way it is with learning.
Spirit of Love, strong and unchanging,
you teach us that the trough of the wave
is as important as its crest.
Thank you for giving us the freedom
to learn through trial and error
and thank you for showing us
that if we don’t make mistakes
we don’t make anything at all.