Posts Tagged ‘Lighthouse’

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Lighthouse values

14 September 2009

Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, ‘Light, bearing on the starboard bow’. ‘Is it steady or moving astern?’ the captain called out. Lookout replied, ‘Steady, captain’, which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship. The captain then called to the signalman, ‘Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees.’ The captain said, ‘Send, I’m a captain, change course 20 degrees’. ‘I’m a seaman second class’, came the reply. ‘You had better change course 20 degrees’. By that time, the captain was furious. He spat out, ‘Send, I’m a battleship. Change course 20 degrees’. Back came the flashing light, ‘I’m a lighthouse’. We changed course.
Steven Covey
In Christopher Gleeson SJ
Canopy of Stars

Christopher Glesson, in his Book “Canopy of Stars” says the story is not lost in explaining the lighthouse as the solid values that guide our lives. We could say that in the waywardness and distractions of our own games and maneuvers we suddenly end up heading right for such collisions with what we know are our own solid principles. The question is whether we fight the beacon of light and argue that what we hold dear should change, or whether we recognise that it is ourselves that need to change direction so that we can take a grasp of the characteristics of our surrounds.

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Lighthouse

14 September 2009

Lighthouse tall and grand
Standing on that cold headland
Shine your light across the sea
For a wayward sailor girl like me
Lighthouse man
Guide this sailor back to land
Steer my ship on through the storm
Back to water safe and calm
Sometimes I need a lighthouse for my own
It gets so dark I can’t see which way I’m going
Oh lighthouse man I’m all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me
Lighthouse man I’m all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me
Lighthouse man can’t help us all
Some he’ll save and some will fall
He’ll show you where the danger lies
But he can’t help it if you capsize
He’ll light your way but that is all
Steer your own ship back to shore
Won’t you light my lonely way back home
This sea is full of misery and woe
Oh woe betide those that say
They don’t need no light to light their way
They think they’re safe enough on their own
Drown in murky depths below
We all need a lighthouse for our own
It gets so dark I can’t see which way I’m going
Oh lighthouse man I’m all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me

Lyrics by The Waifs

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