If I were a rich man and had zillions of dollars . . . and could afford anything . . . I’d probably have my own yacht and spend half of my time living in a beautiful house in a paradise with nice weather, flowers. not too hot and not too cold . . . what I refer to as the Bougainvillea standard (If Bougainvillea grows there it’s the right climate for me!) . . . peaceful, safe, without a lot of hassle and traffic.
The other six months of the year I would spend on my yacht cruising to some of the most spectacular places in the world.
Nice life . . . if you could afford it . . . if I were a rich man.
I not only live in Paradise but I get to blog about it and write books about it ! [ Escape To Paradise ] And I get to cruise the world on luxury cruise ships, which is even better than having my own yacht! If I had my own yacht I’d have to worry about maintenance, crew, personnel, immigration and customs paperwork, insurance, on and on and on and on. This way, Mickey Arison [Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corp] and Alan Buckelew [President of Princess Cruises] worry about all that stuff and I just go on board, do my thing, enjoy and see the world . . . and get paid for it!
I’m grateful that it has worked out this way, unexpected though it is. None of this would have happened . . . isn’t it interesting when you go back in your life and look at seemingly tiny, unimportant decisions, forks in the road, that have made all the difference? None of this would have happened if in seminary I hadn’t taken a basement apartment in the home of a woman by the name of Marguerite Den Herder. Every year Mrs. Den Herder did the world cruise on the old ROTTERDAM and she needed someone to look after her property while she was away. Some Friday nights when she was home she would invite me up for delicious aged steaks and Cold Duck. For a poor seminary student it was a fantastic treat. She’d regale me with stories of life on the ROTTERDAM and when I graduated she encouraged me to apply to serve as a chaplain on Holland America. That was . . . yikes!! . . . 43 years ago.