The Barnacle Boat

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Have you ever stayed in one place so long that you blended into the scenery?

Maybe you’ve sat so long on your couch that now you may be a pillow.

Maybe you’ve driven so much to your job that now you could have a steering wheel for a hat.

Yes. We can all get stuck in life. Sometimes we have no choice but to get stuck. Perhaps we get sick or older and can’t do as much as we used to. And that’s ok. You can still be useful. You can still help others. You just have to acknowledge that you are still valuable. Your value may have changed. But it it still there. Because you are still here. That’s what the barnacle boat out in the water told us this week. And we listened.

As we were parked on the water in this Cedar Key, Florida place this week, we had a view of the birds and the tides. We watched them go in. We watched them go out. But one thing in the water didn’t move. A boat. A boat that had been there so long it was now becoming a part of the landscape itself.

No. No one was in this boat. It wouldn’t float any more.

No. No one could fish from this boat. It wouldn’t hold anyone.

And although its value was not in its usefulness, that was certainly in the eye of the beholder. Because its value had changed. But it was still very valuable. Why?

Because the boat has not moved in so long, barnacles were now growing on it. They were making the boat more stable. Stronger in storms and winds. Its imperfections were what gave it strength. Barnacles need something to attach to. And aren’t we all like that?

If there was no one like the barnacle boat, who would we learn from? Just like every barancle is alive on that boat, so are your memories.

If everyone was always busy, and there was no one to talk to about the past, memories or lessons learned, how tragic that would be.

If you feel like you are a barnacle boat with no value, think again.

Your value may be at its biggest now.

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Don’t ignore your value by not showing it and using your wisdom to help others. Be a stable place for others to come back to. We all need each other.

But our needs change with time. And so can how we play a part in making the world a better place. Like the barnacle boat.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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