From the June 2019 magazine.

High and dry

I have spent most of my life on or around the water, where I often see those small aluminum boats. I picture one with a hundred little pinholes in its hull. A guy is fishing, and every so often, he stops to bail water out of the bilge. As new holes appear, he spends more time bailing and less time fishing. To me, these holes are like my defects of character and the water in the bilge, my shortcomings. 

My vigilance today is focused on the day-to-day issues of my life and my motives for how I handle those issues. Either I can become willing to patch those little holes, one at a time, as I become aware of them, or I can spend the rest of my life bailing water and risk sinking altogether. 

-- Rick R.

Poway, California

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