Most of the people I deal with every day are
pretty happy doing what they are doing. These
are our customers and great employees, but too
often I come across people that act like the
glass is always half empty and the end of the
world is on the horizon. I wonder why.
Life is full of challenges, I get it. A
financial set back, health issue, death or even
the loss of a job. Those are tough things to
deal with without having them affect your
demeanor. I’m not talking about people with
heavy emotional loads; I’m talking about people
who always cast a shadow of doom and gloom. That
brings to mind a story I once heard.
young boys were put into separate rooms where
doctors could observe what made them happy.
Young Billy was put into a room full of toys,
games and candy while Jimmy’s separate room had
nothing but manure on the floor. It didn’t take
Billy long to play with all of the games and
toys and eat all of the candy. He began to cry
and sob for more. Jimmy, on the other hand, was
fully content playing with the poop, making it
into balls and tossing it around the room. The
observing doctors were dumbfounded. They finally
asked Billy why he was so happy. He said with
that much horse poop in the room, there had to
be a pony nearby!
case you’re wondering, I am not suggesting
“Jimmy Rooms” for everyone, but I am offering
another option and it has to do with what I do
day in and day out. When people find out that
I’m in the yacht charter and yacht school
business, they often respond with comments such
as – “How Cool” or “Awesome!” I agree even those
times when I am at my desk working away on my
computer. But I am able to get on the water on a
boat just about every week. Even a short jaunt
out of the marina in the sunshine and fresh air
is great medicine for me.
Though there’s no “M.D.” after my name, I
sometimes put on my white lab coat and offer
some prescriptions for those who read this
column. If you are down in the dumps just
because you are, go down to the water’s edge and
soak up some sunshine. If you need a stronger
dose, get on a boat and cruise away from those
storm clouds hanging over your head. Don’t put
it off, do it now!
Take advantage of a
weekend and the opportunity to find the fair
winds and calm seas of your mind, ridding
yourself of those worries and woes. Get out on
the water. I know you can.
Over the years, we have received countless calls
from people who want to spend time on the water
with family and friends for special occasions
such as anniversaries, birthdays or other
milestones. There’s something celebratory about
boating and it knows no season. Anytime is a
good time to celebrate at sea.
Marinas, I have observed, are like Billy and
Jimmy’s play rooms. Some people need a
mega-yacht to make them happy while other
boaters are fully content with a kayak or canoe.
Remember, happiness doesn’t come from the
vessel; it’s the experience with it that brings
pleasure and satisfaction. Call it a Nautical
Attitude Adjustment for the better.
husband Vic says it best, “If your head is on
right, a tin cup can be a silver chalice. It’s
all about how you look at life.”
Boating keeps our heads on right. Get on board!