A few years ago, I read an article about where the expression “waiting for my ship to come in” comes from. I found a pretty good explanation on Yahoo just now.

The saying originates from a few centuries ago when many people invested their money in merchant shipping companies, you could buy a share in a ship or in the cargo that was to be bought and when the ship returned from its voyage somewhere around the globe you would get your money back plus the investment you had made from it. Cargoes could have been in tea, spices, sugar, silk, cloth and any other amount of other valuable goods. This all took place in the days when communication to and from the ships was impossible. Many ships were lost to storms and piracy, so only the ones that completed the journey made a profit for the owners and share holders and stock / cargo investors / owners and no one could be 100% sure that their investment ‘their ship’ would come in until it actually reached port did.
So to wait for your ship to come in was literally to wait for the investment you had made to arrive.

The article I read went on to remind the readers (me) that you can’t just wait for your ship to come in. You have to send ships out, to have them return. You have to invest yourself to see a profit.

In the last year or two I have invested in people more than I used to. Living in my van forced me to invest in people even more than I was before because I was lonely! Investing in people and friendships isn’t always easy. You have to overlook your differences. You have to be diplomatic and kind, even when you think your friend is making bad choices. You have to have thick skin when they misunderstand you. You have to say you’re sorry when you blow it in some way as a friend.

I find myself suddenly with dozens of friends. I find myself suddenly with job options. My ships are starting to come in. Some of the ships I’ve sent out have wrecked and all the cargo was lost, but by the grace of my Heavenly Father, some have made it to shore and I feel rich beyond measure.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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2 Responses to Opportunities

  1. Sharon says:

    Beautiful post. 🙂

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