Saturday, March 3, 2012
TIME TO REEF
I actually started this post with a different topic in mind, hence the title. Reefing is the term used by sailors to describe reducing the amount of sail being used so that the ship won't be overwhelmed by increasing winds. Sailors must be alert to changing weather conditions and recognize when reefing is necessary. Experienced sailors tell new ones this, "If your are thinking about reefing, it's time to reef." This sailor's axiom can be applied to any activity. If you are questioning what you are doing in any situation, there is probably a reason for it and it is quite likely that the prudent course would be to slow things down. Recovering alcoholics put the same thing another way. We tell new people, "If you are thinking about whether you have a problem with alcohol, then you probably do." Whatever you are doing, if somewhere in the back of your mind you are wondering if it might be a bad idea, it's time to stop and really think about it. You are probably right. It is probably a bad idea.