I just saw this poster titled “Everything I need to know in Life, I Learned from Noah’s Ark” circulating on Facebook. It’s probably on social media for quite some time now, but I was able to read it (for the first time) on one of my Facebook friend’s wall.
Perhaps, you are already familiar with the story of Noah, the Ark, and the great flood. For sure you have learned something from it. Why? Because our teachers thought the story to us during our preschool days, as a youth back in elementary school, and even during middle school. You probably, know the story by heart because of our teachers hahaha.
Though the story is ancient, there are 11 life lessons also based on it that can be applied to your present work and in your daily life activities.
We probably have a different interpretation of these 11 life lessons. Perhaps you already come up with your own. As for me, I will share my own understanding of it in below.
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1. Don’t miss the boat
Lesson 1 is probably about the opportunities that come into our lives. While it is certain that opportunities come and go, it will take time before the new one will come your path, if you miss the present opportunity that’s in front of you. Sometimes it will take months or years for the new one to knock on your door so don’t miss every opportunity because you will never know when the next one will arrive.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat
As the old saying goes “No Man is an Island” just means were are connected with each other. Some people will leave a huge amount of memories, and others will cause us pain, both though will contribute to our learnings for us to become a better person. Every time you meet new people, it will become part of you forever because it can leave good or bad memories that will stay on your mind for the longest time.
Another saying that I learned from reading personal development books is that “You are the average of 5 people you spend your time with” which just means that you are being affected by their behavior or actions towards every situation that gets across their path. So choose the people to surround you with.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark
This is self-explanatory, lay down plans about your future regarding what you want to become in life. When planning, make sure to a lot of room for errors the reason is when you are trying to reach your goes, there will be ups and downs along the way. Do not just rely simply on Plan A, make some sort of Plan B, and Plan C to deal with the setbacks.
4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big
In my interpretation, you need to stay healthy physically and mentally. Who knows you might need to be part of something amazingly big that is life-changing at least for the people around you.
Also, you need to become fit so that you may be able to live a longer life to see your children and grandchildren fulfill their dreams and become successful in life. It is something that most of the grandparents are not able to see because they leave an unhealthy life and leave this world too soon.
5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done
Among the list of life lessons, this is my favorite. This is probably one of the difficult to implement especially if you are surrounded by people who are busy criticizing every deed that you do, yet does not have time to fulfill their own dreams. The sad part is that critics are everywhere, sometimes even your own relatives or friends will laugh at you when you experience failure.
Be reminded not to listen to them when you experience setbacks from time to time. Focus on what you want to achieve in life. Years after, the words that critics have said against you won’t even matter anymore.
6. Build your future on high ground
I think this just says that you need to make your future to be foolproof. You may be asking how to do it? The first thing that comes to my mind is this quote from Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
This just means that if you want to have a better future that is inclined to what you become in life, you need not rely on luck. You need to lay down plans and do whatever you need to do from 1 point to the next until you achieve it.
7. For Safety Sake, Travel in Pairs
This is a reminder, to travel in pairs. I think the main reason is so that someone can look after you and take care of you when you encounter difficulties in life. The same also applies to the other half of the pair.
When you are with someone, it can minimize boredom as you can talk or bond with that person, when you take the needed steps to reach your destination. Also, sometimes, it can feel lonely when you try to achieve your dream, being with the person who has the same goal can lessen that feeling of loneliness.
8. Speed Isn’t Always An Advantage. The Snails were on board with the Cheetahs
I think what’s more important than speed is consistency. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of the cheetah, it is the fastest animal on the planet yet, it can only run for a short period of time. Afterward, it needs to take a rest to be able to get back on its feet. The Snails, on the other hand, move on a consistent phase nonstop to reach their destination.
This also reminds me of the race between the turtle and the rabbit. We already know what happens to that story. So consistency is more important than speed. Or I guess it’s better to have both speed and consistency work together.
9. When You’re Stressed, Float a While
Here is another reminder not to stress yourself so much. If you are having trouble dealing with your personal issues, take a deep breath, and relax. Learn to unwind for a while to cool down. Afterward, go back to the drawing board and deal with the issue again.
Sometimes if you do this, new ideas and solutions will just pop out of your mind to solve whatever problem you have. Besides a rested mind is more creative according to an article from ScientificAmerican.
10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals
I actually do not have an explanation for this. I also wonder about it. However, after watching the movie Titanic, I think what this lesson number 10 tells us is to be humble. I think the lesson here is it doesn’t matter how mighty you perceived to be, but you still need to be a low profile as some times it may backfire on your part. You will become complacent and lets your guard down based on the movie.
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting
No explanation here. Ask for guidance from the almighty, he will help you get through to whatever obstacles you are facing right now.
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*That’s it, I hope you learn something from this 11 Life Lessons from Noah’s Ark! Credits to the author.