The Clark family of Scotland had a dream to be on the very first voyage of the luxury cruise liner, Titanic. Clark and his wife spent almost the whole life savings to book tickets for entire family comprising five children.
The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their unique trip, but just seven days before the departure of the liner, one of his sons was bitten by a dog.
Doctor recommended that the boy be quarantined for fourteen days for his own safety and safety of others around him from rabies. The whole family of seven was upset and disappointed, as the tickets were non-refundable. The family’s dreams were shattered. They were cursing the dog for their misfortune.
Mrs Clark decided to stay back with that boy. She, however, suggested that Mr Clark make his way on the trip as planned, but Mr Clark’s conscience didn’t allow him to leave his wife and ailing son behind.
On Wednesday, 10th April, 1912, the ship sailed from Southampton port, Hampshire, England for America. Mr Clark stood on the dock with his moist eyes to watch the ship leave but minus him and his family. He cried his tears of disappointment and frustration.
Five days later, on Monday, 15th April, 1912, the tragic news broke out throughout the world that the mighty Titanic ship had sunk having collided with an iceberg taking hundreds of lives.
When Mr. Clark heard news, he hugged the dog and thanked him for saving the entire family. What he had taken as the tragedy turned into a blessing.
This is just one example how the things move, and so unexpectedly. During 9/11 attacks also, many people were saved because on that very day, they were late either due to traffic or some family compulsions.
Our own life is not different either. When I think of myself, I had made some plans for my life and career, but I had to shift my goalposts several times. The same thing must have happened with most of you, I’m sure.
Even in a game, we make our move as per a plan or strategy, but we have no idea what the other side has planned for us. The end result depends upon whose planning is better, and most of the time, what we get is the blend of the two.
After so many twists and turns, I’m happy in the end, irrespective of what I had envisioned in my life. So I believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason, and happens for the best.
So let’s go with the flow with “Three As” formula as anchor-
Apply flexibility in approach;
Adjust plans to face new challenges; and
Adopt new strategies for life.