Today is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – the ship they thought was unsinkable. But the unimaginable did happen, and two thirds of those on board died when the mighty liner hit a blue iceberg which was almost invisible in the deep midnight darkness. One of the survivors was a relation of sorts, so today is quite poignant for me.
Much has been written about what happened and possible reasons why, and I really have nothing to add. However, I admit to a strange fascination at the scale and pathos of the disaster. The story of the Titanic had been told and retold many times and it has become part of our collective history – an odd mixture of glamour and tragedy; of mismanagement and sheer bad luck; of shattered hopes and dreams, and tales of heroic self-sacrifice.
Lessons have been learnt from the tragedy and changes have been made to improve standards of ship design and construction; and regulations and safety procedures for sea voyages are far more robust, but still not completely infallible.
When we launch our own personal ship of dreams, it is a good idea to make sure that we plan carefully and have robust processes and procedures in place. Having a clear idea of where we want to go, what we want to accomplish, and the best (and safest) way to get there make it far more likely that we will achieve our desired goals. If we do happen to hit a hidden iceberg along the way it helps to have enough lifeboats. The best one of these is resilience. A strong belief in our dreams and in our own ability to get up again if we are knocked down is one of the most vital strengths to develop to keep us afloat.
- What lessons have been most helpful when planning to achieve your own dreams and goals?
- Do you feel prepared to face any unforseen obstacles along the way?
- Can you think of any other useful lifeboats to carry on your personal ship of dreams?