In May, my wife and I visited the battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, now a floating museum in Wilmington, North Carolina1. If you are ever in the area, I recommend you take the time to stop and tour this magnificent vessel.
Last week, I had a photo of one of the ship’s anchors and wrote about the positive and negative impacts of an anchor.
The Garbage Grinder
This week’s photo and blog is about the garbage grinder, an onboard device used as a security measure. A plaque next to the grinder read, “All of the Ship’s garbage was brought here to be ground up for disposal. The grinder would grind the garbage, mix it with water, and then release it into the ocean over the Ship’s propellers. This avoided leaving a floating trail the enemy could follow.”
What garbage are you carrying around in life? Maybe you think that you don’t have any. If that is the case, then you are truly a unique individual, and if you were in the United Kingdom you would say, “Those poor blokes who have all that garbage in their lives!”
However, most “poor blokes” do have garbage in their lives and all too often it is not dealt with. Our garbage may be past regrets, guilt, unfulfilled dreams, unmet expectations, ruined relationships, emotional trauma, or PTSD. You may need to seek counseling to deal with the issues that anchor you to the past.
On the other hand, what garbage can you grind up today? What about a garbage mindset that holds you back from accomplishing your goals? What about the garbage of pride and arrogance? Perhaps your garbage is a lack of confidence or maybe your garbage is imposter syndrome. You may be hauling your garbage into an interview and then wondering why you are not being hired or promoted.
What can you do to grind up the garbage and discharge it through the propellers of your ship? Yes, it is harder than it sounds, but think about this: garbage rots, it stinks, and it attracts insects and rodents. Is that what you want in your life?
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