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Week 14 – Thousands of Mini Adjustments: Becoming a Life-Tacker!

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“The same wind that blows us off course can turn and carry us home.” – Tiffany Reisz

Did you know that sailboats and airplanes are off course approximately 99% of the time? Because of the way a sailboat must work with wind to move, it is impossible for a sailboat to sail in a straight line. A sailboat moves through a process called “tacking”. Tacking is a process of deliberately over shooting a target in one direction, then “coming about” to over shoot it the target in the other direction, then coming about again. The sailboat reaches its destination through a process of zig zaging its way towards its destination. Something similar is true for airplanes. Both sailboats and airplanes are off course most of the time, yet they manage to reach their destinations through thousands of mini adjustments.

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