DecisionsA crew member from one of the big maxi-yachts was once heard to say that sailing isn’t hazardous as long as you don’t learn to swim.

He claimed that in an emergency, if a yacht broke up in pounding seas, the swimmers would try and make it to the shore and could be drowned in the attempt. He, being a non swimmer, reasoned that he would cling to the wreckage and wait to be rescued.

Life can deal us all some serious blows from time to time and we might find ourselves facing up to a crisis that tears at our very heart strings. Our first impulse may well be to opt out of the situation immediately. Hasty decisions at times like these often might see us going overboard and deserting the sinking ship.

Generally, these are occasions when our reason is controlled by our emotions. They are not the times when we should be making serious decisions.

Help will come eventually to those who hang on and pray for it. So perhaps it’s often wiser to cling to the wreckage for a while and know that in the light of a new day, decision making will almost certainly become a lot easier.

Peter Mack.

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