This is an excerpt of the forward from Walter Lord’s “A Night to Remember”:
“In 1898 a struggling author, named Morgan Robertson, concocted a novel about a fabulous Atlantic liner, far larger than any that had ever been built. Robertson loaded his ship with rich and complacent people and then wrecked it one cold April night on an iceberg. This somehow showed the futility of everything, and in fact, the book was called “Futility” when it appeared that year, published by the firm of M. F. Mansfield. Fourteen years later a British shipping company, named the White Star Line, built a steamer remarkably like the one in Robertson’s novel. The new liner was 66,000 tons displacement; Robertson’s was 70,000 tons. The real ship was 882.5 feet long; the fictional one was 800 feet. Both could carry about 3,000 people, and both had enough lifeboats for only a fraction of this number. But, then this didn’t seem to matter because both were labeled “unsinkable!”. On April 19, 1912, the real ship left Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. Her cargo included a priceless copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and a list of passengers collectively worth $250 million dollars. On her way over she, too, struck an iceberg and went down on a cold April night. Robertson called his ship the Titan; the White Star Line called its ship the Titanic.”
If the author of Futility knew the impact his book would have had on reality, would he have written it? Knowing the power that our words, both in thought and in written form, have on our lives, will you decide now to put your life’s plan in writing? If you don’t, you’ll continue to live your life in reaction to the plans and ideas of others.