All of us have gone astray at times and found ourselves lost in an unkown sea, adrift on the tide with no real idea where we are or how to get to where we meant to be going.This can be a good thing if we have the time and inclination to explore our surroundings, but sometimes we must be somewhere at a specific time or do something by a specific date and cannot afford to be drifting lazily along. When it is possible to spend some time drifting, it is wise to allow oneself no control over the direction one is headed and to take events as they occur. This is quite relaxing and allows emotions and feelings to come to the surface that are normally buried beneath mundane or troublesome emotions and feelings. There are a number people who find it quite difficult to enjoy such unstructured times and are very uncomfortable with the loss of their own initiative and their ability to make choices. This is a shame since one can find initiative and decide which choices we’re going to make by letting go of control and drifting, letting whatever comes to the surface show itself in its own time; thus it will be fully assimilated and plans will be forthcoming. Now, if you’re adrift on a lee shore in the fog with torn sails and a broken engine you must act a bit more quickly, go into crisis mode: evaluate, plan, and act without pausing to reflect so much that you are lost. When it is not possible to reflect or ask for input it is helpful to have spent some less urgent time adrift so that all you really need to do is speed up your mental (and physical) action. Rehearsal is a good thing in that it prepares and teaches your mind and body to react in those rehearsed ways instead of having to work everything out. Reacting quickly and getting oneself out of trouble is also something one can be proud of, if you didn’t get yourself into the trouble in the first place. Adrift under pressure and adrift lazily can both be positive experiences and satisfy different mental and emotional needs. Would you like to see yourself adrift in both ways?