A ship is safe in the harbor. But a ship is not made to stay in the harbor. A ship is made for the open water. Being in the open water can be dangerous. Being in the open water can be exciting. Being in the open water can be unnerving.

It helps to have a map, a chart. It helps to have someone who has gone before and marked out the way. It helps to have someone who knows where the dangers are and has set down warnings. It helps to have someone who knows the better ways and marked the paths that are beneficial.

A nautical chart does those things. It marks out dangerous areas. It marks safe passage ways. It is filled out by those who have traveled the ways before and communicate their knowledge to others.

When have you benefited from the use of a map? When have you suffered because you didn’t consult one?

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