“It depends upon the wind”
It’s an atavistic expression. I imagine sailors of old and even ones of today know their distance for the day depends upon the wind.
We know that animals depend on the wind for both safety and prey.
As a pilot I understand the importance and safety of landing into the wind.
The wind is a dichotomous gift to humankind. It can be our ally or our enemy. It can cool. It can warm. It can soothe and it can harm. It can smooth the seas and calm the waves. It is invisible, yet its presence is felt in soft touches as well as in a raging force.
To see the wind with our eyes another element must be employed. Rain gives it expression. Leaves give it direction. Dust and dirt give it shape and it can be the harbinger of hot or cold weather.
We preoccupied human souls in the narrow focus of our every day lives give it very little thought or thanks. We do, however, give it names: Mariah, Santa Anna, Chinook, Zephyr and so on.
We also acknowledge the wind in slogans: “let me see which way the wind blows,” “May the wind be at your back,” “It’s an ill wind that blows no good.”
From the sea and sailing come great truthful sayings: “wind before rain, topsails remain, rain before wind, top sails take in.”
Joining the native peoples of the earth, I believe that nature is an echo of our selves. The wind is emblematic of our spirits. Both wind and spirit are invisible, yet both are destined and determined in their direct flow to the Source.