Thursday, September 3, 2009

searching for answers...finding more questions

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I ran across this quote today...merely making sure that I spelled the word "inspiring" correctly (which I had) and Google gave me a list of choices "they" thought I might be searcing for, including "inspiring quotes" at the top of the list. I don't think it was by chance that I went ahead and clicked on the top choice. This quote kind of like jumped off the screen at me, catching my attention right away.

Now, mind you, I was in mid message to someone...needing to get things done...and there I was now pondering an inspiring quote. This took me on another completely different train of thought in the middle of my afternoon...and, honestly, I'm glad it did.
Not only did the quote bring to mind those who have been willing to teach me what it means to yearn for something bigger than myself instead of managing me to ensure a task's completion...but also made me hope that indeed there are those out there who would say the same of me as a result of our paths crossing.
Have anyone a need of some inspiration today? Look beyond what lies directly in front of you and you may just find what you're looking for in the end.

note: the quote was also found to be translated as...
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery


  1. Janet, I started my blog today, I wrote on my profile searching for answers then I found your blog with the same quote. I do really wish you find your answers!

  2. Patricia,
    Thanks so much for your note. I know where the final answers lie to all of life's questions and that's in God's hands. Trusting in Him gets me through the days when I just don't understand quite yet what He's allowing me to go through or why. May God lead you to understanding of your own questions as well!