You can learn a lot from Noah’s Ark.
Yes seriously, you really can learn a lot from Noah’s Ark. You know the story from the Book of Genesis, where old man Noah was told by God to build this humongous boat that was big enough to fill half a dozen football stadiums, yet it didn’t have sails or oars, let alone windows. Remember it now? Yes that’s the one, where the animals went in two by two etc etc. No don’t start singing the song, you won’t be able to get it out of your head for hours!
Seriously though, you really can learn some valuable lessons in life from this story of Noah’s Ark as you will find out if you read on.
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
Well we all know what happens if you miss the boat, metaphorically speaking (I love big words like that) not taking action in time and losing the opportunity. I guess that’s what happened to the dinosaurs, they either didn’t trust Noah or didn’t write down the date and literally missed the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
Don’t always leave it up to others to get things done, otherwise you might find it doesn’t get done properly or worst case scenario it doesn’t get done at all and we all suffer as a result.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
The first thing that comes to mind is Climate Change! It’s all very well ignoring it for now, but in twenty years time when your city is under water, don’t go blaming those who tried to get you to listen for what happened.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Well that’s a given. Just because you have reached a certain age it doesn’t mean there is going to be someone around to do everything for you. Be prepared to do things yourself and don’t forget that nobody else does it properly like you do!
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Critics are always happy to give their negative advice, but if you keep listening to them, nothing will ever get done. Keep going and either you will make a success of things or you will fail and learn a lesson in the process. Listen to them and do nothing and you just lose.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
Metaphorically speaking (ooh there’s that big word again), built the foundations of your future properly, otherwise you may find they don’t weather the storm and things come undone.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
That’s just good common sense, unless you are planning on being a hermit.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Remember, it’s never about how fast you go to get to your destination, it’s all about getting there on one piece.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
There’s nothing quite like sitting back and taking a break from something to help you to find a solution to your problems. Unfortunately, it’s usually about 3am when you are in the middle of a deep sleep that the solution makes itself known to you and by the tme you wake up in the morning, it’s been forgotten again. Happens to me all the time.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
So basically just ignore the instructions and guidelines and do things your own way, but don’t forget that more home made boats have probably sunk throughout the millenia, but only one Titanic!
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
Now that’s a comforting thought, however, no matter how long you keep sailing towards that rainbow’s end, the pot of gold remains firmly on the horizon.
Just a final thought about Noah’s Ark… Where did Termites come from, because if he had a pair of them on board, the Ark would have surely been full of holes in no time and sunk and if he didn’t, they should have all drowned! Food for thought…
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