Life is a Salvage Operation
can be a salvage job. We spend so much of our time trying to fix the
mistakes of ourselves and others, that there is often nothing else
to call it. The funny part of it is that most of the seeds of success
are germinated during these salvage operations.
large part of any employment is salvage. Shipments are late and the
situation must be handled. Coworkers argue and the situation must
be remedied. Customers are dissatisfied and must be soothed. Machines
break down and must be fixed. The competition develops a better product
and must be outdone.
life has its own salvage situations. Junior challenges the wrong authority
and must be bailed out. The neighbor has decided that you are not
worthy of their acquaintance, which may or may not be a problem. Your
wife unknowingly tells an acquaintance of your boss wife what
you said after a bad day with him.
there is always someone around who is willing to create a salvage
job for you. People who decide that they know what you really
mean and broadcast their opinion far
and wide are always good for revealing who among your acquaintances
is interested in the truth and who just likes the sound of someone
else getting cut up. Part of this salvage job is the development of
a stiff upper lip or a strong chin.
things that are learned from salvage are often the basis of knowing
how to do things right.
The righting of wrong can breed gratitude and good will. Facing and
solving problems are sources of strength and wisdom. Surviving bad
times makes you stronger and might be the inspiration for someone
else to decide to keep on with it. Life may be a salvage job, but
what is salvage? Salvage is getting good stuff from things
that have been designated as useless, bad or lost beyond hope. Maybe
salvage is not such a bad thing.