Tuesday, April 12, 2011
On My Lifeboat
Ms. Gravenson introduces the book by allowing us a peek of some of the contributors and their offerings. At the very end of her introduction, she comments that "these are the women I'd want in my lifeboat." Which got me to thinking.......somehow this rang a bell with me. So I googled "people in my lifeboat" and got some very interesting results. Just as I suspected, this Google search revealed a "social exercise", if you will, in which you pose the question that basically goes like this: If I were to be set out adrift on the ocean in a lifeboat, who would I want to have in that raft with me?
An article by Dr. Juliann Mitchell, PhD on the website BC Culture gives this premise - you have to chose 9 other people to be in your lifeboat. The two rules are pretty simple. You must REALLY want the people you choose to be in this (mis)adventure with you. Just because someone is family shouldn't obligate you to choose them over anyone else. Rule number 2 is that all the other people you MUST know personally. They can be either alive at the present time or passed on, the requirement is that you have known them personally. You should be totally honest with yourself and examine the reasons you would want to include these nine people in your boat. Remember that your survival may depend on those you choose.
So those are the basic rules. But you know me.....I don't always like to go by the rules. So let's bend one. I think we can drop the "must have personally known them" rule. In fact, according to MY rules, these people must be complete strangers. In addition, let's add or revise the rules so that, just like in Ms. Gravenson's introduction, all the people in your lifeboat must be women.
Now this will require some thought......
but here's my nine fellow lifeboat mates:
So there you have it.....my lifeboat mates! So tell me...Who's in YOUR lifeboat? Leave a comment and share who your nine women mates are and why! Happy sailing.....