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September 27, 2013

The Unexpected


On this date, September 27th in the year 1854, sudden and heavy fog caused two ships, the Arctic and the Vesta to collide, killing 322 people off the coast of Newfoundland. The Captain of the Arctic, despite the conditions did not take the usual safety measures for sailing in fog. He did not slow the ship down or sound the ship’s horn. He also did not choose to add any extra watchmen. Later in desperation after the crash, he tried to run the boat aground to keep it from sinking but instead ran over several lifeboats causing more loss of life. Life is full of surprises and not all of them are good, in fact one may lead to death. The soul who is one with the universe knows it is better to surprise than be surprised; they expect the unexpected. They know it is not adversity that defines a person, but how that person reacts to adversity. It is the one in harmony with all that cannot be thrown off balance.