The Sinking Boat

SinkingBoatWhen is a dream about a boat sinking a good thing? Well, it’s better that it was a dream rather than real but I still think the symbolism of this dream was positive.

I don’t often remember dreams but when I do there always seems to be a reason. Let me setup the situation with some background as to what was going on in my life.

The spa business my wife and I own has been doing well. The one problem we have is that we need to hire more people to keep up with the demand so that’s a good thing. One hire we needed was a manager and we had found a winner. Our new manager was excellent in every way and really put us at ease. Now we could concentrate on other issues and keep growing. Three weeks into her employment, however, she stopped showing up to work. We could not reach her in any way. She didn’t return phone calls, emails, or texts. We were at a loss.

That’s when I had this dream. In the dream every time I checked on my boat it had sunk but, being a dream, it would rise up again. I’d leave and when I would return it had sunk again. But it would rise again. The pattern continued, sink, rise, sink, rise. And that’s when I woke up.

So why do I think this is a positive thing? Because being an entrepreneur, owning a business, is like being a sinking boat that can rise again. Things go wrong, some things are beyond your control, but when things go wrong you have to rise up and deal with them, fix them, and keep moving. Our manager chose Valentine’s Weekend not to show up and my wife and I stepped in and worked. We did what we had to do and the business kept moving. We sank but were able to rise again. I’m sure something else will happen to make us feel as if we’re sinking but we do what it takes to stay afloat. Whatever the challenge, we keep focused on success.

Saturday could have been a disaster but we rose to the challenge and had a very good day.

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The Empty Trailer

2013 That SuckedSeveral years ago I saw a t-shirt with the year followed by the words, well that sucked. That’s how I feel about 2013.

I’m generally an optimistic person but this past year saw me return to depths I haven’t seen in decades. Although I don’t usually put much emphasis on dreams and dream interpretation, not long ago, just after the new year, I restlessly struggled between sleep and wakefulness as I wrestled with a particularly odd dream.

I love being on the water and my father was an avid boater and fisherman. Once I became old enough and financially secure enough, I too bought a boat of my own. Several years ago I upgraded to a larger boat. In the dream I was transporting the boat, something very valuable to me,  from its summer location to home, something I don’t do but this was a dream and we do things in dreams we don’t usually do in real life.Empty Trailer

The problem in this dream was that when I got to my destination I was towing an empty trailer, the boat was gone. Where did it go? I was frantic thinking of the consequences. Did it hurt someone? Did I cause an accident? That’s how I feel about 2013.

2013 fell off the trailer for me, meaning I didn’t secure it well enough, I didn’t check the safety chains and the tiedowns. It was a bumpy ride and the boat, my life, my sense of stability, was ejected. Did I hurt someone? Did I cause problems for others?

I am returning to the old optimistic me but if I don’t secure myself better this year, I might pull into 2015 with another empty trailer.

What are some things you would suggest, for me or yourself, to secure your boat this year? How are you protecting yourself from being ejected?

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