“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” | Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Different from the white sands of the Caribbean shores here, the Pacific side is black sands, dark and silky soft with the volcanic ash that spews from nearby volcanoes. It’s this gorgeous juxtapose of dark sand radiating the sun’s heat and the cool, bright blue waters that constantly crash on the shores.
The combination of sea, sand, sun has also been a source of inspiration for me, a place of rest and readjusting my perspective. This week we blocked out a few days to breathe in the Pacific air and slow down form the hustle and bustle of visitors, work and planning our next chapter. I kept thinking about the words of Antonie de Saint-Exupery... About the difference between committing yourself to a task because you need to / feel like you should and committing because you’re bursting to get out into that great big thing you have on your heart and in your dreams.
if you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. | antoine de saint-exupery
I’ve done a lot of gathering the wood, doing by work and following orders to do my part to make something good in the world. I’ve believed in my work and felt like I’ve contributed in meaningful ways. But standing on Guatemalan shores this week, I realized that this time it was different. My work here, with artisans and the continuation of time-tested craftsmanship, wasn’t from someone saying I should care. But out of something deeper... a yearning.
A yearning for dignity and freedom for people, regardless of where they were born or the social norms that dominate their lives and livelihoods. For parents to be able to provide for their families and improve their communities through the work of their hands, this rare thing in the world of techniques and designs that have stood the test of time. For these precious talents to continue on through future generations, as the cost of living increases and trends change.
That’s my vast and endless sea.
Note | All images are from the beautiful and relaxing El Paredon Surf House. And a sneak peak of a Collection One throw (above) coming this summer!