The BIGGER Picture
It’s not about them. It’s about You!
- You who belong to the minority group of less than 0.03% of the World’s Population.
- You who are a part of a business that serves as the lifeblood of the global economy.
- And not just some business, it’s a $500,000,000,000 industry (FIVE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS) that drives the world to move forward.
- You who move 90% of the world’s goods and raw materials, either in solid, liquid or gaseous form, to any corners of the sea.
- You are in an industry that without shipping, half of the world would starve and the other half would freeze.
- And you, working in a very strange environment; a large floating cubicle called Ship and mixed
with different nationalities of tens, hundreds or thousands!
“Yes, whatever your rank is, whatever is your color, whatever tongue you speak, you matter.”
You have your own world of untold stories and problems, adventures and misadventures, pressures and pleasures, pains and gains, fun and boredom, fortunes and mishaps.
You have memories to tell and make the outside world conscious of your affairs.
So come on, hop in, get on board and share your Memories. There is so much more than earning Dollars in being a Seaman.
Because at the end of the day, we are helping the world to move forward. It’s a unique responsibility entrusted to every seafarers around the world; a by-product of your selfless sacrifice while working away for your families.
The SMALLER Picture
Every ship has a world of its own and each vessel contributes to the progress of our World. From the lowest rank to the Captains and Engineers, you are as equally important as everybody else on board. The fact that you are there sailing with them proves that you are as significant.
Like a human body, a shipboard organization also has functions unique to each crew. You can not say that the hand is more important than the feet. Or your eyes than your ears. It would be foolish to think that your fingers are more important than your nose for each is unique to their functions.
We are all part of that body having unique functions. You can not say that the Captain is more important than the Cook since chaos would rise if everyone on board gets hungry. Remember, a hungry person knows no law.
Don’t be full of yourself that you are a Bosun because you also need the Officers to sail safely so you can sleep soundly at night. No man is a one man army on board.
What good will it do if you boast you have the best engines and yet the ship is riddled with rusts to its core? When you only see the electrician as someone who fixes the light bulbs, notice how the ship suffers when there is no “Lecky” on board.
We are all part of a “chain”. You and me are the metal ring that connects one another. We must hold each other firmly. Respect and understanding keep us, The Chain, strong so we can achieve our goal of having a safe voyage. If the chain is broken, it does not serve its purpose.
Let us continue to serve the world. Let us strengthen our “chain”. And let us go home to our families safe and sound because that is what truly matters.
May the winds be on your favor.