In sailing, a captain and crew rely heavily on the use of blocks, known to landlubbers as pulleys. The mechanical advantage generated by a block allows an exponentially greater amount of work to be done, especially when sheeting-in (or pulling in) massive sails which can harness enough wind power to pull a multi-ton boat through the water at speed.

Without blocks, a sailor would be holding the full weight of a wind-laden sail in his hands. It would rip his arms off if he didn’t fly off the deck first.

It’s no wonder we were never meant to go through life alone, nor were we designed to work alone. Chose your friends carefully; they’re the best blocks you’ll ever have. ch:



Brian · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:09 am

Great analogy! I love a good analogy in the morning. πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:17 am

    That should be a book title. πŸ™‚ (You’re welcome).

Your boi · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:45 am

You’re my friend.

Nathan R. · 20 Jul ’11 at 10:47 am

Thanks for calling us block heads and making us do the heavy lifting!

I know I said this on the Twitters, but thought it appropriate to re-post it here.

love your guts!

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 2:30 pm

    Indeed it was! I realized as I was writing it there is a side of “usury” in this analogy. Ha! You caught it!

Beth Walrath · 20 Jul ’11 at 12:15 pm

Basically, friends are tools to for us to use. Your right about choosing the right friends, cause if you choose the wrong tool it won’t work. if you have the right tool for the wrong situation, that won’t work either. The right blocks/tools/ friends are a big key to a successful happy life.
So choose friends that will keep you moving in the right direction.
Thanks for being one of those friends! πŸ™‚

Miriam Woodruff · 20 Jul ’11 at 2:03 pm

It’s nice to know you still take me sailing from time to time. I remember when…. She’s called Airfire, isn’t she? This “blocks” memory is a little rusty. Jesus is my main block, but you have some things in common with him. “:0) {{HUGS}}

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 2:32 pm

    She is called that indeed! Good memories! πŸ™‚

Ron Porter · 20 Jul ’11 at 5:26 pm

…”blocks” not to be confused with “blockheads” Miss you CH!!

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:26 pm

    Right! πŸ˜‰ Muss you too bro. Hitting CT next weekend!

Moxie Javi · 20 Jul ’11 at 5:27 pm

I like how you close your post. It’s important to surround yourself with good, supportive friends (or blocks). Never knew a pulley was called a block until now, but it’s a good metaphor.

However, what would you define a block-head as in your nautical terms? πŸ˜‰

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:27 pm

    A sailing block-head would be a pulley-driven-bathroom! lol

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