Steady The Ship By Believing in The Leave

Say no.

Be like the Oyster Catcher. This was Hillary 589’s motto throughout Outward Bound. The Oyster Catcher only has low-tide to catch the pacific oysters it so desires. It cannot fly to a New York Oyster Bar. It cannot afford to leave the fleeting opportunity. However, when high-tide hits, there is another player after the sweet, sweet oysters. A bloody big Oyster Dredge that is not limited in its opportunity.

But, what happens when the Oyster Dredge gets snagged on the sea-floor? The captain only has one option: steady the ship by believing in the leave.

The Ship

Our lives are ships. Some ships are big and flashy. Some ships are small but get the job done. Some ships are designed so the front wont fall off and all ships must be free of cardboard and cardboard derivatives; but that’s beside the point.

Any ship, if worked too hard, will start to fall apart. In these circumstances, even the simplest of tasks, like refueling, will appear to take a bigger strain.

So how do you avoid being overworked?

The Leave

There will always be opportunities to take the ship on riskier voyages. A leave involves relinquishing those voyages for another time, or another ship.


Believing that the leave will help is difficult at first. It takes an experienced captain to understand the many benefits of the leave. The leave lets us have energy for other ships and other voyages. The leave gives us space to breathe and reconsider our options. When you understand these benefits, believing in the leave is the only option.

Learning to believe in the leave has become an integral part of my life. Lifting the bat and letting a couple of opportunities pass outside of off stump has not only let me steady the ship, it has also let me reconsider my options. I’m pleased to say that leaving work for six weeks to start a business in Auckland has let me learn a range of new skills and also given me the opportunity to go to the final one-dayer between Australia and the mighty Black Caps. I wish the best of luck to lads from across the ditch, urge them to watch our leave technique and begin to foster belief in a skill which has served so many, so well.

Fraser McIntosh, Callum Herries and I are eating worms everyday. This is my 8th worm.

Shout out to the ACC. I have my hat and earpiece ready.

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