The Third Voyage of Convivia

June 4, 2014

We have embarked upon our third voyage. Convivia and her crew will spend 4 months exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Unlike previous journeys, this one is a return trip. In September we will return top Brisbane, put the kids back in school and resume our “normal” lives.

I was struck, as I often am when we start a sail, how quickly our fell back into our best selves. Miles, severed from his Minecraft addiction, was dancing and play acting on the foredeck as we motored along. Ruby was happily snuggled up in Vick’s lap doing homework and I found myself joining Miles for an invisible sword fight on the bow.

Every trip has it’s ups and downs, but I realized recently that, at least for me. I am a better person when I’m out here. Released from the schedules that drive our “normal” lives, I am free to focus on things that matter. We find our harmony and don’t have to abandon it for a school bell, or urgent deadline.

Every time I rediscover this feeling I find myself reaching for the that would afford this option to every family. What economic system could we adopt that would promote productive (not in the current sense of the word) natural, ethical, and harmonious lives? What would our goals as a be? How could we exist in this way while allowing others to live their own (different, more “normal”) lives. It’s a great exercise and it reminds me of my extraordinary privilege. I don’t delude myself into thinking that everyone has the ability to live this kind of life, but l do wonder what would happen to our world if more people who could, did.

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  1. Comment by svceolmor

    svceolmor June 4, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    So happy you are out adventuring once again! Looking forward to seeing what you discover and as always, seeing your beautimous kiddos out discovering the world.

  2. Comment by svceolmor

    svceolmor June 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    So happy you are out adventuring once again! Looking forward to seeing what you find and as always, seeing your beautimous children out discovering the world. Fair winds friends!

  3. Comment by Michael Robertson

    Michael Robertson June 5, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Even with our economic system just as it is, I marvel at the number who can do this and choose not to–maybe not choose in the sense that they have even considered this or a similar radical change, but choose in the sense that they can (financially and otherwise) and aren’t. Understandable, but incredible. Michael

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