Op-Ed: To save the Earth, think like a ‘blue water’ sailor
There are only two kinds of sailors – those who fight for their lives in a gale and those who are the salt of the earth – as well as the water of the ocean.
The sailor who fights for his life is almost always a coward and is unable to keep his eyes open. The sailor who is the salt of the earth is a fighter who has never had to run away – he is fearless, calm and totally focused on his mission.
So the first way you can make a sea change is to learn how to ‘blue water’ your life by learning to go with the flow.
But I’m not talking about having a ‘blue moment’ in a gale – I’m talking about being open to seeing a problem, a challenge and then doing something about it. You’ll be rewarded in a big way.
That starts with the simple things, like asking for help. Many people are only too happy to help – they just can’t do it alone.
That’s because they’re usually busy trying to take care of their own problems, and often end up making them worse.
When they get involved in a problem, they then don’t know how to solve it. That’s why they become a problem for a long, long time – just like the problem itself.
You can’t solve a problem if you don’t even know where to look. When it’s your own problems that you’re trying to solve, they may seem too small to bear the weight of your solutions. But the solution is always within you.
When people tell you that ‘things can’t be done’, it usually means that it’s too big for them to understand.
Even if you have a massive idea for how to solve a problem – something that you’ve been thinking about for your whole life, you just won’t be able to do it.
Because we’re all afraid of the unknown