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November 1, 2013


The Lighthouse

The captain of the boat lost his way in the middle of a storm. While trying to control the ship and maneuver to avoid sinking, he started feeling anguish and frustration. The waves became bigger; the noise of the water hitting the boat, like a feather carried by the wind, almost led him to despair. But he did not give up and tried harder every time the waves hit the boat. In his desperate attempts to stay strong and keep the boat steady, he was unable to hear one of his crew officers yelling at him.

"Captain, Captain!" kept yelling the officer, while holding on to one of the deck's bars to avoid falling off the boat. "Captain, Captain!" insisted the officer.

This time, while trying to approach him, a huge wave almost made the boat tip over and the officer fell and rolled on the deck till he luckily found another rail to hold on to. After several attempts, the officer finally was able to reach his fighting, drenched, and tired captain who had started to yell out his frustrations and thoughts to the raging waves.

"If I am good hard working man, why does this happen to me?!.. and I can't get out of this one?! I have been sailing the open ocean for years to fish the best catch and get support for my family!! Why, why, why?!!!"

At that moment his crew officer was able to grab the captain's shoulder and make him turn so that the captain could hear him.

"Captain, Captain! yelled again the officer.

The captain looked at him furiously for distracting him from his difficult task.

"What do you need officer?! Don't you see I am trying to control the ship and find our way back?!" complained the captain.

His officer kept holding onto the captain and pointed in the opposite direction, towards the stern.

"Captain!" he replied. "The lighthouse is right over there, on the other side. We are going in the wrong direction!!!"

Thought To Ponder:
In which direction will you decide to go during a storm in the open ocean?

--- Copyright © 2012 Luis Alejandro Sanchez Corrales
I am a devoted educator, coach and advisor. Through my international experience, in more than 7 countries, I have accumulated a wide variety of skills and expertise that enables me to develop passion and enthusiasm in everything I do. Originally from Lima Peru, with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and a Master's in Environmental Education, I have "dreams that let me sleep" especially the most important one: the ability to convey that passion and enthusiasm to promote personal growth.

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