“…The Leader Adjusts the Sails”

Preparing to Sail
Wind Quote

A year ago, while I was still working, our Operations Manager e-mailed our department’s daily “Operations Minute.” (I think that’s what it was called–funny how I can’t remember exactly…). Anyway, she would include a quote and write an encouraging note about it. They were really good and were probably a lot of work (I had told her she was essentially writing a blog every day).

The quote was in one of her posts. It resonated with me and I instantly added this to my windsurfing “file,” created a document and pinned it to my wall. As a supervisor of people I also appreciated the leadership aspect of the quote.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The Leader adjusts the sails.” John Maxwell

The significance of the photo is the real story. As you can see, this is a photo of me taking my windsurf gear out onto the Sea Of Cortez in La Ventana, back in January, 2013. The day before, I had no luck windsurfing at all because I could not get past the shore break with the shifting sand and waves knocking me down. My gear was on top of me at one frustrating point. After 45 minutes (yes, that long…or maybe it was 10 minutes…) I gave up and dragged my gear back to our beach area.

The experience left me hating windsurfing at that moment and cursing my husband who had left me to my own devices and did not know I was having trouble.

At home in the Sacramento delta, I can sail on my own. Yes, my hubbie sets up my gear, but I attach the sail to the board and off I go. But here in La Ventana, which was my second visit since 2010, I seriously needed help. Our gracious hostess ordered hubbie to help me the next day. He showed me what to do, I practiced for a moment and made the appropriate adjustments (as the light-bulb went on), then he took several shots of me heading out.

As you can see, I am all smiles as I got myself past the shore break all by myself (what a “big” girl)! And sometimes I feel like a toddler in this sport!

In this next shot you can get an idea of where we sail and just how far out we can go. I’ll have to get a Go-Pro camera to record my next visit. You would not believe the size of the swells and the fact that I could sail over them and manage falls and water starts is fodder for another post.

Windsurfing Sea of Cortez

Here is the poster I created for my wall as inspiration.


I need to put this back on my home office wall.

This is my second post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Author SB Mazing to take part in this blogging event. This is also my post for Ronovan Write’s BeWOW Wednesday, posting something positive on Be Wonderful Wednesday.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, and everyone can join.
I would like to invite Paula, the Sock Mistress, whose blog, 14 Weeks of Socks, is great reading, to join the party. As I said, it is totally up to each individual to accept this challenge.

This is my first post for the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Ultimate Blog Challenge



11 thoughts on ““…The Leader Adjusts the Sails”

  1. 2patkath

    Good that is you in these photos. How awesome. We often watch the wind surfers and are amazed at the speed and the ability to go either way on the same wind direction. Well this is a great post, maybe you should give a tutorial on windsurfing.
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