Sunday, July 10, 2011
This edition of Alivers’ Travels takes place from the Carnival Inspiration…We are on the way back to Tampa from Cozumel.
I once did a show in Jacksonville; NC….it is near a ton of Marine Military Bases. The venue I played was totally “Marine”…to say I was little intimidated was an understatement. Before the show, I was looking at all the pictures on the walls. I came across a small poster that said simply “Adapt and Overcome!” with the Marine logo at the bottom. That simple saying hit me at the right time, and needless to write, I changed my attitude, and my show was very well received despite a crowd that probably could have laid me to waste. It changed the way I look at life to this very day.
The reason I write the above is because of my day in Cozumel. It was a miserable day. Not only the heat of July, but the rain just came pouring in, and would not stop. No blue sky, no sunshine, and very little cover to find. Not exactly the kind of day you would see in a Carnival advertisement for a cruise.
I have determined there are three types of people. First there are the ones who expect the worst. “You know if we go, it’s gonna rain! Just the way it goes for me.” The second are the ones who assume that it’s someone’s fault that it rained. They look to pass blame on someone. These two types got exactly what they expected and probably had a terrible time.
Then there are the third type…someone who expects the best day, and adapts to any circumstance that may occur.
During the day, I really ran into each of these people, instead of harping on the first two; let’s take the example of the third group. I saw a couple huddled under a plastic trash bag, absolutely cracking each other up. They said they might as well jump in the pool with all their clothes on because they were soaked already! You could see that they would not let a little liquid sunshine mess up their vacation.
How do you choose to live your life…expecting the worst? Looking for someone to blame? Or looking for the best no matter the circumstance? I my wish am that you will be a “Marine” and adapt and overcome to anything in your life.