Military Life : If You Don’t “Like it” – You Just “Lump it”

Source: Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: NAVY PHILOSOPHY – “LIKE IT” or “LUMP IT”

Link to my original post in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal:
http://karvediat.blogspot.in/201…

NAVY PHILOSOPHY
“LIKE IT or LUMP IT”
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I learnt more about the art of living by reading good literature – rather than from hearing sermons and moral lectures – or from high-falutin philosophy or spiritualism.

One thing good about the Navy is that it inculcated and fostered the reading habit in me.

I read a lot of sea stories and novels like The Cruel Sea, The Caine Mutiny,Run Silent Run Deep, HMS Ulysses, Tales of the South Pacific  and so many more.

One sea novel I like very much is THE CAPTAIN by Jan De Hartog

In this story – the protagonist is a Merchant Navy Officer who is frustrated because – owing to reasons beyond his control – he gets stuck in Tugs whereas he wants to sail in the main fleet.

Seeing his frustration – his Tug Captain gives him a maxim:

“ Ou Dieu vous a seme il faut savoir fleurir ”

which roughly translated means

“ You must know how to flower where God has sown you ”

or

“ wherever God plants you – there you must learn how to bloom ”

The young Merchant Navy Officer takes this to heart – he works very hard on the Tug – and then – he works with dedication, sincerity and devotion to duty throughout his career on Tugs.

In due course – he becomes the most famous sea-going Tug Captain – and ultimately the owner of flourishing company with a huge fleet of ocean going tugs.

Inspired by this book – I too tried my best to imbibe this philosophy in my life – especially in my Naval Career – and – I tried my best to “flower” wherever the Navy posted me.

It is good philosophy to apply in your life:

“wherever God plants you there you must learn how to flower and bloom”

“LIKE IT” OR “LUMP IT”

If you do not get what you like – then – you must learn to like what you get– and – you must make the most of it

Like they say in the Navy:

If you don’t like it – just lump it.

“Like it” or “Lump it”

There is another saying I read a few years ago:

If life gives you a lemon make lemonade.

Yes – when life gives you a “lemon” – use that “lemon” and make “lemonade” – instead of cribbing and carping – wallowing in self pity – becoming bitter and spreading bitterness – and making your own life hell and everyone else’s life miserable.

Like they say in NLP :

There is no such thing as “failure”

There is only “learning experience”

So – metaphorically – the “lemon” is the failure – and – the “lemonade” is the learning experience.

And this “learning experience” will enable you to “flower” and “bloom” wherever you are “sown” or “planted”

Well – I have tried to follow this mantra: “ Ou Dieu vous a seme il faut savoir fleurir ”

When I was in the Navy – wherever the Navy transferred me – to whatever job they assigned me – whether they promoted me or not – I tried not to get disillusioned or demoralized – and in my own inimitable style – I tried to do my best to “flower” and “bloom” wherever I was “sown” or “planted”.

Yes – I made “lemonade” with all the “lemons” the Navy gave me.

I am trying to do this after my retirement too – trying to “flower” and “bloom” in the back-of-beyond lonely place called Wakad, near Pune – where God has planted me after my retirement.

That is one of the reasons you are reading this Blog.

Yes – the result of all this “flowering” and “blooming” is this prolific Blog and the couple of books I have written.

Well – I am going to “flower” and “bloom” away and “bash on regardless” with my Blogging and Writing – since this is the best thing I can do where God has planted me.

God has given me the “lemon” of loneliness.

And – from this “lemon” of loneliness – I have made the “lemonade” of my blogs and my books and all my writing.

Have a good day – whatever “lemons” you get today – just keep making “lemonade” and enjoy every drop of it.

Sometimes you may feel a sense of “failure” – you may feel that you have “failed” in life.

There is no such thing as “failure” – it is all in the mind.

And still if you feel a sense of “failure” – think of “failure” as a “lemon” – and make “lemonade”.

Talking of the “lemon” of “failure” – let me tell you one thing I have learnt from my own life experiences.

Sometimes – failure is good

You can take my word for it.

Remember the maxim:

“ Ou Dieu vous a seme il faut savoir fleurir ” 

(wherever God plants you – there you must learn how to flower and bloom)

Apply this to your life – and you will “flower and bloom” wherever you are.

Have a nice weekend.

VIKRAM KARVE
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This article is an abridged version of my article posted online at urls: Ou Dieu vous a seme, il faut savoir fleurir  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/201…  and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/201… etc

Now Re-Posted by Vikram Karve at 11/21/2015 01:05:00 AM

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