I have dear friends who have an incredible little man for a grandson. He is currently pirate savvy, collecting all manner of pirate booty, celebrating a pirate birthday as he enters Kindergarten, and more. We spent a few days together in my part of the country exploring museums as well as famous pirate gathering places of yester-years along the Atlantic coast a couple of months back. Because he’s about to become a big brother for the very first time, of course I had to gather some big brother pirate booty to send his way so he can better prepare to teach his little brother the ropes (being an additional surrogate GrammyB has perks, you know). Pirates always get a bad rap historically, but my pirate teacher friend, Dave Burgess, says it best in his manifesto, Teach Like A Pirate: “Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to set forth into uncharted territories with no guarantee of success. They reject the status quo and refuse to conform to any society that stifles creativity and independence…entrepreneurs who take risks and are willing to travel to the ends of the earth for that which they value…they travel with and embrace a diverse crew. If you’re willing to live by the code commit to the voyage, and pull your share of the load, then you’re free to set sail…and besides, everybody loves a pirate.”
So what do pirates have to do with today’s question?
Personally, I value finding purpose, nurturing relationships, and treasuring the transitions of time above all else. Savoring a hand-written letter from a long distance friend or performing valuable daily (if mundane) tasks brings a sense of peaceful order and a calming focus. Creating experiences, moments, and opportunities to venture forth and explore cultivates the inner-pirate…and face it; there’s a little pirate in all of us! After all, as my momma would often remind me, “wherever you go, there you arrhhh…” just a like a pirate! 🙂