The phrase “It’s the thought that counts” has become palpable to me recently. Always this had implied that the effort made was unsuccessful or somehow fell short of expectations. I now have a new appreciation of the words, though. My family and I were given the gift of friendship in the months leading up to our departure. We met someone who became very important to us as a family but also to each of us individually in a unique way. At departure we were given a gift by this friend, one which brought Clint and me to tears. The thing given was priceless. But it was the thought that counts.
This amulet has traveled many miles and was given to our friend in a time of great change in his life. It has served him well and we are incredibly honored to have it shepherd us on this voyage. It sits at the base of our mast and supports our boat as well as our hearts.
Tonight I am missing this friend and wishing him well. To all of you, I wish you the beauty of a friendship where it’s the thought that counts.