Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

Serendipity defined – in a word and in a life

“Serendipity” is the art of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it. It’s how you might also define living life as an adventure – which is something I seek to do everyday – and accepting whatever happens. So far, my life has taken in a pretty wide range of activities, locations and projects. Ten years ago I never imagined home would be a 32-foot boat or that I’d be sailing off on a 3000 mile voyage to Labrador in northern Canada this coming summer. As a boy, I always wanted to travel but I never thought I’d walk the entire length of the river Ganges, or become a Buddhist or found and run a retreat centre. Who knows what tomorrow will bring; but I’m determined to meet whatever happens with energy, wisdom, acceptance and, hopefully, humour.

The term “serendipity” was coined by English writer Horace Walpole on January 28, 1754, in a letter written to Horace Mann. He credited it to a “silly fairy tale” he once read called ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’. According to the fairy tale, three Persian princes sailed off to make their fortunes in the “land of silk”, an island called Serendip (known today as Sri Lanka). Along the way, the princes made all types of wondrous and delightful discoveries about the island, and learned things they never expected. Kinda like real life!

In the next few weeks, these pages will gain all the essays, photos, videos and free downloads that are currently on my website www.dennisonberwick.info. The purpose is to bring everything together – the serendipities that mark my life – and make things more accessible for readers and easier for me to post on the subjects that fascinate me. Posts will include details of the voyage to Labrador this summer, short essays on solitude, Buddhism, sailing, information about my own books and reviews of other books, phots, videos of travels etc.

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This entry was posted on January 2, 2010 by in Life Skills and tagged , , .
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