“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for remaining ashore”
Vincent Van Gogh
I believe my first thought was: How could they be so careless with their lives knowing if should something happen to them that they would be leaving widows and fatherless children to fend for themselves?
The sea is to the fishermen’s livelihood as the air he breathes to to his lungs–life sustaining. The seas are part of who they are and what they do for a living. The life they were born to. You might say that the sea is part of their DNA. They are very aware of the risks that are involved with being a fishermen. They know they could be crippled in someway. Even loose an arm or leg. Yes, even their lives.
Fear never enters their thoughts, only the method in which they will conquer the storm and ride it out.
The fear (if they ever had any) they had were as children saying their goodbyes as they watched their fathers go out to sea, the anxiety of waiting for the fishing boats to come into sight when they are long overdue coupled with the exhilaration, happiness and relief of spying the returning shis on the horizon tempered those young men to the life of becoming fisherment when they grow-up.
Some of them went to sea very young. Filled with youthful confidence that they would conquer the sea!
Those fishermen know their own strengths. They had full confidence in their abilities to build sound sturdy boats and to mending and maintaining their sails and oars. They kept them seaworthy which often saved their lives.
To me that quote could be applied to construction workers of today who build tall buildings and high long bridges. While working on beams hundreds of feet above the ground and over the rivers or large lakes.
Can you imagine construction workers working from a platform hanging from the belly of a helicopter to build a building that will one day shadow the Twin Towers that was the beautiful Trade Center?
Jumping forward several generations we have the same courage showing in those of today who are working hand-in-hand towards eliminating poverty and replacing it with a Beautiful Life and Paradises around the world.
Have a beautiful Neothinking® day