Monday Motivation

MOTIVATION 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 SeaThe Caine MutinyRun Silent Run DeepHMS UlyssesTales of the South Pacific – and so many more – navy books and sea novels.

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One sea novel I like very much is:

THE CAPTAIN by Jan De Hartog

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In this story – the protagonist is a Merchant Navy Officer who is frustrated – because – due 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”

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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…”

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NAVY MOTTO

“LIKE IT” OR “LUMP IT”

If you don’t like it – just lump it

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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.

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Like they say in the Navy:

If you don’t “like” it – just “lump” it.

“Like it” or “Lump it”.

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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.

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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 “flower” and “bloom” – wherever I was “sown” or “planted”

Yes – I made “lemonade” with all the “lemons” that 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 – on the outskirts of 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 that I have learnt from my own life experiences.

Sometimes – failure is good

You can take my word for it.

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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)

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

Well – I am already trying to do this for over one year now since the COVID Pandemic Lockdown began.

And – I am going to continue to try and do it – especially in these difficult COVID Pandemic times where “stay at home” has become the norm.

Yes – if COVID has forced you to stay at home – you must learn to flower and bloom there.

If COVID has put restrictions and limitations on you and your work – you must flower and bloom in these conditions imposed on you by COVID.

Wherever you are – in whatever conditions you are – try to flower and bloom.

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Dear Reader:

What about you…?

May you “flower and bloom” wherever God has planted you.

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VIKRAM KARVE

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  1. These are my personal views.Please do your own due diligence while selecting a philosophy of life.
  2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/12/new-years-resolution-2018.html

This article is an abridged version of my article posted online at urls: http://creative.sulekha.com/ou-dieu-vous-a-seme-il-faut-savoir-fleurir_469567_blog and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/10/ou-dieu-vous-seme-il-faut-savoir.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/10/learning-art-of-living-from-literature.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/11/navy-philosophy-like-it-or-lump-it.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/10/insipirational-self-help-mantra.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/12/new-years-resolution-2017-i-will-flower.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/05/monday-motivation-inspirational-pep.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/09/navy-motto-like-it-or-lump-it-if-you.html etc

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2 Comments »

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    dr.karthik Says:

    yes, bloom wherever u r planted and more relevant in this covid perid. i to have the habit f reading, browsing magazines since boyhodd and i can say that this has helpped me in good stead at a time of my life on the verge of retirement with anther year to go.
    success is failure turned inside out i believe with all the vicissitudes of life experienced…so far so good

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