by Patricia Feager
Today's story was inspired by a just released BBC News Story this morning on 9/24/18.
INDONESIAN TEENAGER SURVIVES 49 DAYS ADRIFT AT SEA
As a recap, teen got loss at sea for 49 days by himself. He used survival skills to keep himself alive, such as using "wood taken from his vessel," to cook and eat. He was out at sea because it was his job to trap fish but when "heavy winds, which caused his moorrings to snap," he found himself in danger, getting lost at sea.
HOW HE SURVIVED
- When boats sailed past him and didn't stop, he never gave up hope.
- After gone missing, his boss "surrendered to God and kept praying."
- The boy did what he needed to do to stay alive.
- The boy never gave up.
Why I watched a documentary on George Michael last night, showing clips of his life story with his many successes, failures, and struggles is something I can't explain. It wasn't planned. But for some reason, I couldn't stop watching and paying attention. And last night, the song "Faith," got stuck in my head. This morning, it became clear to me, especially after learning the news about the boy from Indonesia who survived 49 days adrift at sea is that when it comes to challenges, no one is exempt and no child ever says, when I grow up I want to be confused, lost, or receive life's biggest challenges.
I'm convinced darkness and light, like day and night teaches us many lessons. Can we survive the dark times by spending quality time during each day of our life developing skills, having confidence, and learning how to problem solve without giving up? Hope is for everyone - whether we choose hope, depends on us, our family, friends, and the people we work for or with at any given point in time. Our minds are constantly taking in data, information from our environment. Everyone has fears and anyone can put on a show, but when left alone, to our own devise, can we survive? Maybe all we need in life is faith...