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The Boat

A simple, yet powerful little story from the Midrash this Saturday:

A group of people were travelling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath himself.

His companions said to him: “Why are you doing this?” 

Replied the man: “What concern is it of yours? Am I not drilling under my own place?”

Said they to him: “But you will flood the boat for us all!”

We often think that our decisions, choices and indeed our lives have no bearing on anyone other than ourselves. However, as the story reinforces, no man is an island ….. When I was younger (ever so long ago!), I would have understood this message negatively – that our mistakes and bad choices have an adverse affect on others. That is true to a large extent.
I now have a deeper understanding ……that if we don’t live to our fullest potential, and take our own very special, irreplaceable role in this world, then the world will so much less for that. In the words of  a 14th Century Italian Mystic – St Catherine of Sienna :

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze. 

May you be inspired – everyday!


Pic @ AngelaBax’s Photo’s on Flickr


  1. arbitthoughts arbitthoughts June 28, 2010

    Very inspiring!

    Our actions and words indeed have a very deep impact on those around us.

  2. Miss P Miss P June 28, 2010

    I love it! I have to admit I was nodding my head while reading and then received a wake up call with your point at the end. I think sometimes we do think about how others are affecting us rather than how we are affecting others. Thanks!

    We're the Idea Attic visiting from The Girl Creative. I know my Monday and my week are off to a better start because of this.

  3. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 27, 2010

    @ Sneha – Thanks for dropping. Yes, the team work angle too is very relevant. Amazing how a simple story can throw up much wisdom :).

  4. Sneha Sneha June 26, 2010

    Very well said. Your story excellently depicts the concept of teamwork where the fortunes and misfortunes of entire group are clubbed together.:)

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