Boating: For a Brighter View of Life
by Barb Hanson
know something is not right when you say "Good morning"
and the other person dourly answers, "I wish."
negativity, I wonder. Well, if somebody has lost a job or
a family member, I get it, but this person hasn't lost his
job. He hasn't lost a family member. He has just bought
into the malady that is sweeping the nation – gloom and
the news of late has been rather depressing. The business
slowdown, the rising cost of living, the loss of jobs…
When you do the math it’s not a pretty picture. I don’t
think there is any sector of our economy that has not been
down except, perhaps, sales of antidepressants and
recently reminded of the story of two young boys who were
each put into a room where doctors could observe what made
them happy. Billy was put in a room full of toys, games
and candy while Jimmy was put into a room filled with
horse manure. It wasn’t long before Billy had played with
all the toys and games and had eaten all the candy. He
started crying for more. Meanwhile, Jimmy was playing with
the manure, making it into balls and tossing it all around
the room. The doctors were astonished. Finally, they asked
Billy why he was so happy in this room by himself. He said
it was because he knew with that much manure in the room
there had to be a pony around there somewhere!
now it’s hard to think about anything positive when we are
surrounded by so much that is negative. When everything we
read is bad news and everything we watch is bad news, it’s
easy to just feel bad.
tell people that I’m in the yacht charter and yacht school
business, the response is often wide-eyed like, “Wow,” or
“How cool!” And it is, even when I'm dutifully at my desk
and computer. But just about every week I try to get on
the water on the boat. Even a short ride across the harbor
in the sunshine and fresh air is good medicine for me.
not a real doctor but I sometimes play one in this column
and this is my considered medical advice for our nation’s
malaise. Go down to the water's edge and catch some
sunshine. And if you really need a stronger dose, then my
prescription is to get in a boat and push away from all of
that land-based negativity.
sorry, I just can't, says Mr. Busy. There's no time, says
Mrs. Hurry. I have things to do, places to go and people
to see. There’s no time left for me.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Take this long
weekend of opportunity to find the fair winds and calm
seas of your mind amidst an ocean of worries and woes. Get
out on the water if you can.
a Thanksgiving weekend charter boat cruise? We often get
calls from people who want to spend time on the water with
family and friends for a special occasion such as an
anniversary or a milestone birthday. There’s something
celebratory about boating. Even in a season of doom and
gloom, we have much to celebrate.
Marinas, I have observed, are like Billy and Jimmy’s play
rooms. Some people need a big expensive yacht to make them
happy and some boaters are happy with just a kayak or
canoe. It’s not the vessel that determines their
happiness; it’s what they experience with it that gives
husband has always said, “If your head is on right, a tin
cup can be a silver chalice. It’s all about how you look
keeps our heads on right and lets us see the brighter side
of our awesome world.