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A Response to the nay-sayers of Life...Stay Positive. :)

Before you Judge anyone else...perhaps...First, make sure You are Perfect...

An interesting thing happened while I was working my part-time job a few days ago…
One of my fellow co-workers said, “Hey Frucci, this guy is a sailor too and he wants to talk to you.”

“So…you sailed a thirty-foot sailboat to Bermuda? And you were alone?” asked the man who I had never met until this day.

“Yes.” I spoke smiling while he began shaking his head in disapproval.

While sharing the part of the story of doing battle with a storm three hundred miles out to sea, I could feel his anger. He began shaking his head and interrupted me saying loudly, “No! You can’t do that! That Irwin [my boat, the Sailing Vessel Cuddy] is not made for that!”.

As soon as he spewed his personal belief system on me and attempted to declare his belief as the “only way”, I smiled and became an animated speaker.

All I said to that statement was, “I Did…and it became one of the most fantastic experiences of my Life.”

His face turned red while his wife and child just smiled.

I became One with this moment in Time. I flowed with the moment and felt the experience of being in a place where one cannot “pull over” and rest. The moment was happening where I could share with another Human a Challenge of defeating Fear. I told him about the Coast Guard C-130 aircraft that offered me the Choice of leaving my boat and being “saved” or staying right there with my Little She, the S/V Cuddy and riding out the storm. I told him about doing something I had never done before in turning my boat on top of a twenty-foot wave and surfing down the face of it and others for the next twelve hours as the storm passed over me. I told him of the next day when the sky was blue and the seas were calm and making it safely to Bermuda. And I ended the story with sailing back to the United States and being welcomed by the huge dolphins sixty miles off the Carolina coast. I told him that I want to go back out there and will someday because I loved the adventure of Self and the Peace found.

All of these moments were told with excitement and animation…my body was moving as I was moving while at sea…and it was wonderful.


He kept saying the same thing over and over while shaking his head and clinging to his belief system, “No…No…No…you just can’t do that.”

It was like hearing the beginning of “Path of Three Hundred” read back to me. Wow.

from the "Path of Three Hundred" website:

For perhaps many or all of us…there have existed people in our lives who tell us what we “should” or “need” to do. Sometimes, we may feel in our inner Being what we think is right, yet we listen to others and sometimes let them make decisions for Us. This story is about a man who finally decides to take off on his own for a time…and listen to himself…his Inner Voice.


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