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We are characters from the Legend of the Titanic

We are characters from the Legend of the Titanic

A legend has many faces. The story of the Titanic reflects in our society today. When the Titanic sunk on April 14th, 1912, there were three ships in the vicinity.

The first one was Samson

She was the closest, being less than ten miles from the sinking Passenger liner. They had seen lanterns of the Titanic and their cry for help. They had also seen the lights dimming out as she was going down. However, they were fishing illegally for Seals in territorial waters. If caught, they could have been prosecuted.

They turned around and fled. While the crew of the Titanic was succumbing to the extreme cold and ruthless waves, they wanted to get as far away as possible.

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Some of us are like the Samson. They will run as far away from trouble as possible. They are so concerned about saving their own ends that they seldom care about others. They are often prepared to go to great lengths to ensure small gains, even at the cost of great misery to others. This seems justified to them.

The second ship was the SS Californian

The Californian was about 20 miles from the Titanic at the time. She was surrounded by thick pack ice. The Captain had decided to stop for the night. They tried signalling the Titanic that they had stopped due to thick ice all over.

Throughout the night the second and third officers of the Californian saw distress flares from the Titanic repeatedly. Each officer individually informed Captain Stanley Lord of the Californian, who kept asking them to signal the vessel using Morse lights and wait for an acknowledgement.

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Given that The Titanic was sinking, there was no one to see or acknowledge the morse signals. They kept sending out distress flares frantically, each one sighted by the Californian. Captain Lord decided to go to sleep and see if he could do anything in the morning. The Titanic sank at 03:40, leaving 1523 dead. Some of the people died in despair, while watching the lights of a ship not many miles away which simply decided not to approach and save them.

When the Californian master Captain Lord woke up, he decided to tread through the ice and approach, but in vain. The only thing that remained was wreckage.

Some of us are like the Californian. We excuse ourselves thinking that although we have honest intentions, we are bound by circumstances and simply cannot help. We think we shall dive in when the situation is favorable. What we fail to realize, just like Captain Lord of the Californian, is that our best is usually enough, and if we really give it, we can often pull people out of the wreckage.

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The last of the ships was the RMS Carpathia

The Carpathia was the farthest at the time, about 58 miles away. Capt Arthur Henry Rostron had picked up the ordeal of the Titanic on radio telephony. He did not wait.

He ordered full sea speed to arrive at the site, while praying for the wellbeing of the Passengers of the Titanic. The ship achieved a top speed which was 3.5-knots higher than the maximum speed ever achieved by her before and arrived on the scene in four hours. The Titanic has remained afloat only for two hours and had sunk before the Carpathia arrived. But it was because of this ship’s valor and courage that 703 passengers and crew were saved that day.

It is said that the Rocket flares which the Carpathia had shot into the sky to let the survivors know that help was coming, greatly assisted in keeping more people alive, who decided not to give up till their last breath.

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Being a mariner myself, I know how much that last bit of hope can do to help you survive.

Some are like the Carpathia. There are those who would not think twice before jumping into a problem for others. We see them every day. They would go to great lengths to pull out another person from the pit.

Can we save the Titanic?

When we have a burning issue affecting other people, some run, some hide and some give excuses. These people are like the Samson or the Californian. I personally know many such Samsons and Californians amongst us. No matter how successful they are in life, their story ends when they leave.

The only people who live on after they are gone are the Carpathians like Captain Rostron. Are you one of them?

Featured photo credit: Joseph Barrientos via images.unsplash.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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