There is a malady sweeping the nation. I call it
gloom and doomitis. Yes, these are trying times
for our country. Acts of violence, economic
uncertainty and the rising cost of living all
contribute to the collective jitters of Main
We’ve all met people who, when you say, “Good
morning” they answer with,
so good about it?” As much as I try not to go
down the road of negativity, sometimes it’s hard
to avoid it. Have you watched the news lately?
It’s not a pretty picture. The only sector of
the economy that may be rising is the sale of
antidepressants and alcoholic beverages.
Right now it’s hard to think positive when we
are surrounded by so much that is negative. It
seems like everything we read is bad news and
everything we watch on TV is bad news. No wonder
we feel bad.
Well, it’s time to feel good again. There are so
many more things that make me feel good rather
than bad in my life. My husband and my animals
make me feel good. My dog, Skye, is always
happy. He makes me feel good. My business makes
me feel good. Sure, there are bad days, but
overall it’s a good thing. Florida weather
really makes me feel good. As of this writing,
we’ve only had three days in the 60’s this fall.
How can you not love that? Best of all, being
near or on the water makes me feel good.
I recently had a boat owner in my office who was
chatting about the state of the nation. At the
end of the conversation he said, “we are heading
off on our boat tomorrow to get away from all
the stress for a while!”
When I tell people that we have been in the
business of selling boats, chartering vessels
and teaching people boating skills for over
thirty years they think that sounds pretty cool.
And, even though I sit at my computer day in and
day out, it is a fun business. However, I often
have to throw in a dose of on-the-water
medication. Just a few hours on the water, the
dolphins playing alongside the boat and the
white ibis flying against the blue sky can give
me more of a kick than any B-12 shot ever did.
So this is my prescription for our nation’s
malaise. Go down to the waterfront and breathe
in the sunshine and salt air. If you need a
stronger medication, try to get on the water.
Take your boat out, go out with friends or plan
a charter vacation. You may need a stronger dose
which requires being away from the dock and free
of all that land-based stress. Trade in those
worries and woes for some fair winds and calm
There is something celebratory about boating as
well. There is nothing more special than
spending time on the water with family and
friends for an important occasion such as an
anniversary, birthday or Holiday. Even in the
midst of all the doom and gloom, we have much to
celebrate. In fact, because of the state of the
world today we hold especially close the time we
spend with those we love.
Take time to smell the salt air. Boating exposes
us to so much beauty in this awesome world.
Perhaps boating can provide you and your family
some comfort and peace in the New Year.