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Salt.

A few years ago, I took a week-long sailing trip in the Spanish Virgin Islands with several friends. My friends had significant sailing experience in oceans all over the globe. Although I had grown up sailing with my dad and family in Southern California on day trips, this was to be my first overnight trip. I was excited and a bit nervous. What was it going to be like to be on a 42-foot boat for an entire week with five other people?


We landed in San Juan, and after a night of salsa dancing, made our way to the boat. We had meals planned and were pretty clear about what we needed, and stopped on our way to the marina to purchase supplies. Our boat, Bebe II was in good shape and roomier than I had imagined. We excitedly stowed all of our provisions and gear, checked the oil, gauges, readied the boat and set sail toward Vieques.


After a lovely day of sailing, we anchored in a beautiful, secluded bay our first evening. Two friends were below deck making dinner, when those of us on the bow heard, “There’s no salt!” After some conversation - someone had brought garlic powder, another had brought chilis - Victor went below deck, found a kettle and emerged from below. He leaned over the side of Bebe II, and with a dramatic sweep, filled the kettle with water. “Here is your salt!” he said. So we boiled potatoes and malanga in sea water, and the meal we enjoyed that night was tasty and one we still remember.


Sometimes our fixed, static view allows us to see only what we are already looking for - usually what is in front of us, or what we always use. Because we are looking for salt in the form of a saltshaker – we miss the ocean! Sufficiency is the certainty that when we look around and within ourselves and our lives, we will find what we need. We engage in life from a sense of our own wholeness and perfection, rather than a sense of separation or lack. Sufficiency is the certainty that the resources we have are vast, and that the answer to the question is ever-present.


In Sufficiency, we are stewards of the money that comes our way in the direction of our deepest longing and soulful purpose. Our whole life carries a deeper sense of fulfillment and integrity; we are more vibrant and alive.


Sufficiency is generative. It is the refusal to see things as they seem to be - it's looking beyond, and asking ourselves: have I exhausted all of my options? How can I be creative here? What is it about this situation that I am not seeing? I have literally asked myself those questions every time, and the answer shows up. We are sailing in opportunity and abundance, and as soon as we recognize it, it shows itself.


Sufficiency is a context, a way of seeing, a philosophy. It's a wonderful way to live life.


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