We’re not there yet…

At one point, I shared office space with a colleague who had a large poster of Mr. Spock from the Star Trek series on the wall with the quote below in very large print.

After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.
Looking at the faded image of Mr. Spock, day after day, the quote became indelibly imprinted in my mind. I suspect it is paraphrased from some, older, possibly less iconic, but more credible source, because it would seem to capture one of those essential truths. Possibility, like hope, springs eternal. I may be more sensitive to this sentiment because I am a wooden boat owner.
           All boats need seasonal attention. Ignore them and they die. The essence of this axiom is both magnified and accelerated with wooden boats. The chances of starting the season with the hull, interior, spars, and sails all in tip top form are slim and none. Rather one learns to live with a constantly shifting balancing act in three parts. There are always parts of the boat of which have just received lots of attention and are in great shape. There are always parts of the boat that are, well, OK, and there are parts that are going to need attention-soon. If you’re lucky, the list of items in that last category never gets so large that it predominates.
           Despite this basic truth, the possibility that maybe this year, I will actually have the time to get all the work done, to finally have that season when the boat slides into the water in perfect condition is always tantalizing. Perhaps Mr. Spock is right though, that wanting is more pleasing than having. Possibly, if I ever had the experience of having the boat go into the water in perfect condition, it would be a let down. I don’t know. What I do know is that we’re not there yet…

We're not there yet


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