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Burn the ships

October 14, 2010

One by one, I steered each ship to the open water, doused their decks with kerosene, and dropped sputtering matches onto the wood before swimming away.

You’re making a lot of changes all of a sudden, he said. What is that about?

I tried to explain how so much rigging distracts from what most needs focus. I have spent years hoisting unnecessary sails.

When I told this story to a friend, she shook her head and smiled. Doesn’t he get it? she asked. Doesn’t he see he’s as much a catalyst for you as you are for him?

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