Last night was a great night for watching movies about righting sinking ships. First, I saw a few minutes of Pirates of the Caribbean. I tuned in just as Captain Jack Sparrow and the rest of the crew were running back and forth from starboard to port in an effort to right the ship and return to the land of the living.
Then came the Titanic, the ship that couldn’t be sunk. Unless, of course, it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. As the band played, passengers on that ship also got caught up in running back and forth. For most of them, the outcome was tragic.
Sometimes, we see similar things happen with families, especially when one or both parents try to run the family like it’s an extension of the business or run the business like it’s an extension of the family. In either scenario, there’s lots of running around and rearranging of the deck chairs; and it’s almost always damaging and sometimes fatal to relationships.