|Lessons to be learned from the Titanic:
- Arrogance and pride are dangerous: (a) "God
Himself could not even sink this ship" -- one of the crew to a
passenger; (b) the whole "unsinkable" attitude
- Leaders should have leadership ability -- too
many are put in their positions due to political or other motivation
rather than the ability to do the job
- When the ship is going down, your money or
power cannot save you -- it might help get you a place on the lifeboat,
but even that is not for certain
- When someone's life is in danger, there appear
to be three types of people: (a) someone who will sacrifice their life
so that another might live, (b) someone who will do anything --
including sacrifice another -- in order to survive, and (c) one who
would do anything EXCEPT sacrifice another in order to survive.
- Sometimes those who are most working to save the ship are the ones most likely to get left behind to go down with it. They are the type 4(a) person above.
Lessons from the beach:
- Some people look good on the beach, some people
look bad on the beach, but most of us are just okay.
- If you are one of those who look bad or just
okay, don't try to pretend to be one who looks good -- we can all tell
- Waves are going to come crashing in -- they
cannot be stopped, so don't try. Instead, plan accordingly. Some people
ride the waves into the beach while others get smashed by all that
water. It's the same wave. What makes the difference is what you do
- If you build a castle in the sand, expect that
it won't last. Either the tide will rise and wash it away, or someone
will step on it and smash it. If you want something to last, you need a
- If you sit on the beach, expect to get wet.
(This also goes for water rides at amusement parks.) However, you can
have a lovely time at the beach without getting in the water. Also,
expect to get sandy. In fact, what's a beach without sand and water?
Well, whatever it is, it's not a beach.
- It's very relaxing to listen to the sound of
crashing waves -- if they aren't crashing onto you.
- A small child was sitting on the sand beside
her father. As the tide began to rise, the water started rushing beside
the child. She immediately began to crawl up in her father's lap because
she knew he would take care of her. She continued to get wet, but as she
held on to her father, she knew it was okay. So, if you aren't very big,
hold on to someone who is.
- The waves bring in more than just shells.
Sometimes they leave our trash behind on the beach. Of course, that
gives us a second chance to dispose of it properly.
- Lifeguards are on the beach to help keep us
from danger. When they blow their whistle at you, it's a good idea to
listen to what they have to say.
- Really big waves (like tsunamis) can travel
hundreds and even thousands of miles across the ocean with no more
evidence on the surface than a small wave. It's when they get to the
beach that their true size and force are revealed.
- Storms can pop up with very little warning and
turn a perfectly lovely day into a mess -- unless you expect to get wet
- The tide comes in and goes out twice a day.
It's due to a force far away, so don't take it personally. At least it's
- A day without work is like ... a vacation!
- Why is it that you don't see too many sad
people at the beach? Do sad people not come to the beach or does the
change in location affect their mood? I think the latter, but that means
that far too many people let their circumstances determine their
outlook. That should make me sad, but then again ... I'm at the beach!
- You are never too old to stop and pick up
shells ... especially if you are with a young child.
- I think a father that would dig in the sand
with his children has at least some idea about what is important,
- If you swim near a pier, don't be surprised if
you get "hooked."
- People who wear skimpy swimming suits reveal
more than the obvious: their character, their morals, their parent's
- The pier prohibits fishing for sharks. They
realize that when you put out the bait, you sometimes get more attention
than you bargained for. (Also see previous item.)
- Some dolphins just went by proving that even at the beach there will be some special, serendipitous moments that make you smile even bigger.