Recently, the Carnival Cruise Line ship, “Triumph” experienced a fire on board. As a result, the ship was disabled 150 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 4,000 passengers and crew were stranded with a minimal amount of food or electrical power. Sewage and clean water became a problem. They were so close, yet so far, from civilization. After about 4 days of anxiety, the ship was towed to port, but it was not too “triumphant” on that day.
It is amazing how quickly life changes. One minute people were enjoying the luxuries of an exotic vacation. The next minute there were standing in lines for hours just to eat, and sleeping in deck chairs and in hallways. One minute they were enjoying the pools and hot tubs. The next minute, they couldn’t use the restrooms in their own cabin.
Sometimes, life hits us like that. You feel like you have everything under control only to find out you don’t. What should you do? Freak out? Panic? Shut down? Give up? When you allow circumstances to dictate your response, you will often make irrational decisions.
Here are seven lessons learned from this experience you might think about when your ship is dead in the water:
1- Don’t forget about the good times you have already enjoyed.
2- Remember, destinations change, and that is not always a bad thing.
3- You can handle more than you thought you could.
4- Sometimes, you just need a tug.
5- Determine to learn from the experience and “live for another day”.
6- Admit it- You can’t do anything about things you can’t do anything about.
7- Work with me here… Sewage happens!
If you are frustrated or at a standstill in life, look around for life-lessons. See things from the bigger picture. Remember, one incident does not necessarily need to define your entire life.
What are your thoughts?