I though I would share a sea story with you…
I was assigned to a brand new vessel and was working with new folks and was still learning their personalities. The chief engineer was a guy that had a good heart and was really a good dude, but probably shouldn’t have been the chief engineer. I hate to admit it but because of my own arrogance, but I would loose my patience with the man on occasion.
Losing My Cool.
On one such occasion, I almost lost my temper and decided that I should get out of the engine room before something bad happened. I don’t remember what happened but I got angry, like angry enough to start throwing hands and thought it best to get outside and away from the situation, so that is what I did.
There was a spot on this particular vessel that was just great for sitting and thinking and would’ve made the perfect spot for a hammock. So I went to my happy spot so that I could be mad without affecting anyone else.
Minding My Own Bidness.
There I was just minding my own damn bidness when something hit me on the shoulder.
I jumped up out of the chair, almost in a rage. I was fully intent on regulating the airflow of whoever it was that threw whatever it was at me.
But when I stood up, there was no one there. Of course I turned around to look for whoever it was that was brave enough to do such a thing and that’s when I heard it… I heard a fish flopping around and looked down to see a flying fish laying on the deck.
A flying fish had jumped out of the water, was caught by the wind, and flew over 10 feet in the air and had to have traveled some distance over the water and had hit me in the shoulder. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about that, so I threw the fish back over the side.
God Said “Knock it Off”…
It was at that point that I realized that it’s hard to be mad about anything after getting hit by a flying fish that just came out of nowhere. It was almost as if God threw a fish at me and said “knock it off”.
I calmed down after that and went back to work. Interestingly enough, I never really got angry with the chief engineer after that incident.