You may have read this story before but it perfectly captures not only the importance of our perceptions but the importance of acting ourselves rather than thinking someone else is going to do that for us. While some claim this story is an urban legend, if it is, it really doesn’t diminish its power. This exchange occurs when an American ship at sea spots a light in the distance, bobbing along the horizon.
Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”
Canadians: “Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”
Americans: “This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”
Canadians: “No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.”
Americans: “THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. THAT’S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”
Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”
We’ve all had those lighthouse experiences. At Entrusted Legacy we want to encourage you to change your course and invest with us so we can be sure that adults who are working with you can have the training they need to be positive role models and mentors for youth. Our goal is to unleash the power of these fine people. Go to our website at www.entrustedlegacy.org and DONATE now. Entrust your legacy with us. Together we can make a difference.