During our recent flight from the states to Trinidad, I was looking out the window at the Caribbean Sea below. Since I always book a window seat, I’ve been looking at similar views for years, but this time I realized that my perspective had changed. I used to look down at the great expanse of empty ocean and think of it as an obstacle. But it’s different now because we’ve been there, out on the ocean with nothing at all around, seeing neither land nor ship for days. And you know, it’s not so scary. In fact, it can be both calming and exhilarating. If you’ll allow me to wax philosophic for a moment: my previous notion of “empty ocean as obstacle” seems representative of all those big changes that happen in life. They may seem insurmountable until you actually confront and overcome them. At that point, it becomes “been there, done that”, and that obstacle is relegated to an accomplishment. It’s a nice feeling.