As you likely saw on social media or in my Wimbledon post, my family was here last month including my maternal grandmother, Memé. She is a fire cracker in just about every way and is is very OTB (on-the-ball). I could go on and on but one of the key ways you can see this is with the way she embraces technology- she had an iPhone and a MacBook air when I still had a Razr flip phone and a clunky Dell computer. And with her love of tech she often passes along chain emails filled with beautiful photographs and heart-wrenching stories. These emails are such a nice change from the others that fill my inbox ranging from spam, emails trying to sell me things, or notifications from shops, financial institutions, or NYC events which I should really unsubscribe to.
But now the to the title of this post, Building the Ark. One of these emails my grandmother passed along a few years ago I still have flagged in my inbox and come back every now and then when I need a good reminder. I know my grandmother did not write this list but when I opened the email in 2013 I thought that all of these are things she would say followed by her infectious laugh and today I could not agree more. Here are the 10 life lessons:
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark .
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.