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Winter, 2017- 2018 Issue

Featured Article
Remembering To ‘Cut The Motor’

By Matteo Musso

I love sailing! I don’t do it much, but the last two times we’ve been on Maui we took catamaran rides. There’s something magical about it. The captain starts with the motor running, and then steers in the exact direction he or she wants it to go. Then, once out at sea, the captain cuts the motor, puts up the sails and puff -- instant peace. The loud, constant hum of the motor is gone; the craft glides gently atop the water. Its buoyancy assures safety for its passengers, and the confidence of the experienced captain invites an energetic feeling of total relaxation and surrender, while encouraging a celebratory atmosphere.

Matteo Musso

As we live our day-to-day lives, sometimes we forget to ‘cut the motor.’ When the waves get bigger and more turbulent, we tend to tell the captain, “Hey, move over Buddy! Obviously, I could do a better job steering this thing than you.” Meanwhile, my plate of appetizers just fell overboard, and mom and dad’s umbrella drinks are running down the seat!

But still, we take the helm and eventually discover that perhaps steering this ship isn’t for us after all. Maybe the more we turn the wheel and go against nature (and our life purpose), belittling others along the way in an attempt to elevate ourselves to a place of higher value than them, we wind up in a thunderstorm.

If we can remember that we chose to go on the boat ride in the first place and that it comes fully equipped with an experienced captain at the helm, we all could have a chill-out time, relax and enjoy the ride. This doesn’t mean that you’ll never have to remain seated for your safety and for that of those around you, or that you’ll never lose your appetizer to the sea. It just means you needn’t worry about it. You can get another plate of food! And if you listen carefully, the captain will point out the amazing whales and dolphins and you’ll have the thrill of your life!

Matteo is a joyous 14-year old author, inspirational speaker, and non-verbal autistic young man who recently found his voice by spelling his thoughts one letter at a time on a stenciled letter board. His inspired thoughts and wisdom are now being shared with the world. Visit; search ‘Mondays with Matteo’ on YouTube.
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