Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava’s sailing journey gone awry and subsequent life-saving rescue recently captured international headlines and also inspired us here at After the Peanut. They exuded pure #gratitude after having been found by a Taiwanese fishing vessel and ultimately rescued by the USS Ashland.
Here are three aspects of their #gratitude that we can apply to our own life travels:
1. #Grateful for PREPARATION. Appel and Fuiava didn’t wake up one morning and immediately set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti on a whim. They reportedly spent more than two years planning for their journey. As"And the sailors in Honolulu really gave us good advice. We're here."
Travel tip: You have no idea what could possibly happen on your journey. Prepare by asking for, and most importantly, applying wisdom from veterans.
2. #Grateful for PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action or purpose despite difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Despite their careful preparation, unexpected and severe storms damaged their engine, mast, and sails so badly that they couldn’t remain on their originally charted course. These travelers, although well-prepared, were forced to acknowledge that they couldn’t generate enough power to neither return nor to continue the trip as planned. They immediately started sending distress signals. However, there was no immediate response. Appel and Fuiava persevered in sending distress signals for 98 consecutive days, not knowing when or if they would be heard.
Travel tip: Don’t give up when, despite careful planning, you are forced to take a difficult and discouraging detour.
3. #Grateful for PEOPLE. Inarguably, people are at the heart of Appel and Fuiava’s life-changing sailing trip. From the veteran sailors who graciously provided advice to the Taiwanese fisherman who found them, to the U.S. Navy who welcomed them aboard the USS Ashland and provided them a helping hand and safe passage back to land.
Travel tip: Ask for and be willing to accept help from unexpected faces and places.
As if their remarkable experiences weren’t sufficiently inspiring, Appel and Fuiava are already planning their next trip.
What about you?
Written by Guest Blogger Valerie Butron
There is something about the onset of autumn that puts us in a reflective mood. Perhaps it’s the growing awareness that the balmy days of summer have passed and our thoughts turn toward not only cooler weather but also the closing of the calendar year. Renowned poet, John Keats, pushes us to do some forward thinking in his Ode to Autumn,
“Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too—“
Let’s ignore Keats for a moment though.
As you view the changing hues across the horizon, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot, perhaps taste the pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon spiced treats of the season, and inhale the suddenly crisp cool air ponder this: Where is my 2017 “song of Spring”?
Be still a minute with that question. Be honest in your answer.
Furthermore, will your 2018 “song of Spring” sound like:
A) a tired remix of the 2017 ballad?
B) a carefully thought out continuation of the 2017 rhapsody?
C) an entirely new melody?
Peanutology’s March musings compelled you to step outside and consider precedents set by some of our foremothers who set ablaze their own unique trails through, under, above or around stifling masses of conformity or outright oppression. Is your own trail ablaze or is it perhaps now smoldering in a fog of smoke? Did you even light the match or are you still holding it, paralyzed by excuses? Or, perhaps you lit the match, fanned the flames and are struggling to contain the inferno?
Wherever you are on your journey, and however fiery (or not) your trail is, I urge you again to step outside before both the fall and the year 2017 fade into winter and 2018. Make a move in your journey for the better. Let’s light it up and level up.
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