"That's easy, m'dear. I shamboozle it for the draperies, hoist myself onto the sill, take a swig of rum then dive out the window." Jack smacks his hands together and grins his charming half-smile as if to say, "And that's without any rum."
Struggling to get through a closed door isn't always easy, is it? When doors close, the suffocating effects within a room magnify making escape appear non-existent. Have you ever felt like all your options were gone?
I've been pondering this week. Most people know that when I ponder... metaphors happen. Nike has a saying I quote frequently, "Just do it." Today, I ask you to Nike swoosh, "Just go with it." (Meaning my pondering, of course! Pirate!)
Easter = rebirth, renewal, resurrection. Birds return to their nests, rebuild, and lay eggs. Animals venture out into the wild and bear young. Flowers bolt up from the earth to bloom a beautiful spectrum of color. On land, spring cleaning begins. At sea, and in a tavern near you, pirates pilfer their weasely guts out. ;)
Like you and me any given day of the week, pirates were once men and women who felt hemmed in by circumstances, blocked by doors that slammed shut on their dreams and goals. Escape took them away from rules and drab society to decks swabbed with grit and determination. The sea held the promise of adventure, new horizons, and the salty spray of the divine. No wonder pirates broke the chains of normalcy and put to sea in search of new beginnings. Nature's example proved that it could be done! Huzzah!
A prime example of this kind of bravado resided in Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, the founding member of my Nelson's Tea Series. In 1793, Calvi, Corsica, Nelson was wounded in his right eye. He refused medical attention in order to lead his men. As a result, he lost sight in that eye. In 1797, Santa Cruz, Tenrife, Canary Islands, the humerus bone in Nelson's right arm was shattered by a musketball. When his men tried to carry him to his surgeon, Thomas Eshelby, Nelson said, "Let me alone! I have got my legs left and one arm." While Eshelby prepared his surgical instruments, Nelson impatiently ordered, "The sooner it is off, the better." Within thirty minutes of the amputation of his right arm, Nelson resumed command of his men.
If Admiral Nelson had the strength and fortitude to find another door/window in order to accomplish his goals in 1797 and eventually became the most celebrated Admiral in English history after both of those set-backs, we CAN do anything!
History is filled with men and women whose dreams were redirected by an event or individual that created spiritual, physical, or intellectual beginnings far different than those they'd previously imagined. Jobs go away. People choose not to love or they pass away. Promising futures of the young are cut down. But life, magical, miraculous once we leave our mother's womb, defrosts blustery winter with the promising radiance of spring.
Admiral Nelson experienced sea-sickness from a young Mid-shipman to Admiral of the White. Throughout his travails of recurring malaria and battle wounds, he found a way to succeed. Life always finds a way. You CAN always find a way. When you're stuck in a room without rum, be brave. Shamboozle it to the draperies and hoist yourself onto the sill. You WILL make it through that door/window. You WILL experience renewal of spirit, motivation, and empowerment when times are at their worst. You CAN achieve your dreams even when others try to pull you back.
"Never, never, never, never, never give up." ~ Winston Churchill
Pay it forward today. What quote, poem, advice sticks with you when times get rough, me hearties?