I am a leader, a coach, an observer, and an outdoor enthusiast. I am willing to take risks for sufficient rewards, and ever aware that many things are beyond my control. All of these things, and many more too numerous to mention have fueled my passion and helped me become what I love most. I am a river guide!
Being a river guide has taught me more about life than nearly any other activity, or course of study, in my life. There are few lessons that cannot be learned on the river, and there are few instructors that can teach so thoroughly.
And so it is that several weeks ago I found myself, along with seventeen friends and fellow river enthusiasts floating down the Green River in eastern Utah. The “Gates of Lodore” section promises everything one could ask for in a river; great waves, technical rapids, jaw dropping scenery, and some great sandy beaches. We had great food, wonderful weather, and an experienced group of paddlers.
It was a wonderful trip except for one thing. Somewhere in the middle of it all I flipped my raft. I got sucked down, turned around, and ended up with the raft on top of me instead of me on top of the raft.
It shouldn’t have happened (or so I thought). The rapid wasn’t that big, I had good paddlers in my boat, and we were headed on a good line. But in spite of all of this, we got sucked into a hole, and the boat came right over on top of us. I was underwater and the boat was right on top of me.
For all of us, there are times when our world turns upside down. One minute we think everything is great, the sky is sunny, and we are on top of the world. And then moments later, the cares of the world all seem to be on top of us. When that time comes, a few lessons from the river may prove helpful. Here are steps that kept my mishap from turning into an emergency. These same steps will help you come out on top when your world turns upside down.
Life is full of mishaps. You will find yourself “flipped over” in your career, personal life, and spiritual pursuits. It is important to understand, however, that with proper planning, training, and preparation, your odds of coming out on top are much better. Are you prepared for the next crisis?
Scott Murray is a Coach and Consultant committed to helping individuals and organizations provide outstanding customer service experiences within the service industry through team building and productivity.