Amid all the hoopla of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, one tragic casualty was generally overlooked. Boomer, a bald eagle, didn’t make it. In the extravagant opening ceremonies Boomer was scheduled to soar into the Coliseum to the strains of “America The Beautiful.” Unfortunately, Boomer was unable to show up for his performance. Three days before the Olympics opened, Boomer died-of stress, they said. Just guess even an eagle can tell when things are out of hand. People-pressure was just too much for the old bird. He knew how to survive the dangers of the wilderness but not the stress of civilization. We can relate with poor Boomer. We all have those crushing moments when we feel as if we’re dying of stress. Recent medical research tells us that many people are literally killed by stress. How do we handle the rest of the mess-the circumstances beyond our control?
Imagine the Plight of the Sailors who during their voyage are got caught in the midst of a raging and fierce storm, there are important answers in their lifestyle.
A Navigating officer from one of the Voyage describes one of the disaster that threatened the ship, which was transporting Cargos. They lost all control of their circumstances-yet they survived. And locked inside this storm-tossed story are the basic skills we need to survive the storms of stress.
Imagine in such a way, that during the beginning of voyage. “If someone had suggested to the captain of the ship upon departure, that the cargo, the ship’s tackle, and maybe even his favourite chair were going overboard, and they were not needed for the travel, he probably would have burned their ears with his reply. Yet when the storm hit, they decided they could do without some items they once were sure they needed.
If we are going to handle our own personal matters ourselves, we will have to get rid of the cargo we do not need. Of course, it sometimes takes a storm to make us even consider letting go.
Some of our “extra cargo” may be bad things we have accumulated like barnacles: a compromising relationship, deepening debt, a growing obsession with money, an addiction, inferiority complex, a critical attitude, an entangling sinful habit- things we hang on to, until a storm exposes how they are sinking us.
A Storm is our chance to change, when the rough weather subsides, we tend to return to the same overloaded or wrongly loaded lifestyle. That in turn could set the stage for an even bigger storm. If you want to survive your personal “hurricane”, evaluate your extra cargo and get rid of it before it sinks you-one way or another,
There is one more survival skill for a storm, which reminds us that, ‘the ship doesn’t matter. Only the people do, with all the pressure to achieve and accomplish, the people we love can slowly get pushed to the corners of our lives.
Neglect is not intentional – Weeds grow in our garden, not because we plant them, but we forget them. In the same way , many a times a man may neglect his wife or a child in his dust as he speeds towards his career goals. Sometimes a woman slowly vanishes from the most important moments of her loved ones as she loses herself in a job. Co-workers or employees can become functions instead of people with needs,
In the pursuit of peace, the “ship” – the project , the schedule, the deadline, the organization, the budget-may be lost on the rocks. That is costly, but it’s okay. It is our people we cannot afford to lose. If the storm blows you back to them, you have all you really need. You can always find another ship. “It usually takes a storm to restore our values.”