How Do YOU Prepare for The Unexpected?
Marion: “Do you have a plan?”
Indiana Jones: “No, I’m just making it up as I go along.”
~ Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Best Laid Plans
Two of my friends hiked the Wonderland Trail. It’s a trek that encircles Mount Rainier over nearly a hundred miles of forests, streams and mountain meadows. There’s a reason it’s called “Wonderland”!
Over the week it took to complete the trip, the pair carried everything they needed on their backs. But there’s no way you can carry enough water. So… stopping at streams, they filled up their plastic bottles.
Because no outdoor water in North America is safe to drink anymore, they continued their faithful filtering of water so no Giardia bacteria would be in their drinking water.
One of the ways you can spoil a mountain hiking trip is to drink unfiltered water. You can expect to entertain bugs like Giardia, bugs that will multiply in your intestinal tract and lead to what adventurists call “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “Beaver Fever” or simply “the trots.”
My friends filtered all their drinking water in order to avoid the discomfort, distraction and dismay that the Revenge would predictably produce.
They did everything right.
…even with such care, The Unexpected happened.
About three-quarters of the way around the mountain, they both got slammed, and Montezuma got his revenge.
This was not a Plan B event. Nor was this a “cross that bridge when we get to it” event, though you could argue that it might have been better at some particular bridge to have crossed it rather than stop at the be-germed waters underneath!
This was The Unexpected.
No matter how well laid are the plans of mice and men and mountain hikers…
…expect The Unexpected.
Sometimes “Wonderland” means, “I wonder! How the heck did we end up here?”
While you will NOT know when it is coming or where, you can and should be prepared for it, and that’s what the book Fumes and a Prayer is about. (Yep… you can get your own, personal, signed copy of the 150-page book. See the book in the right-hand sidebar? Click on the link under the book.)
(adapted from Fumes and a Prayer: How to Live at the Edge and Still Be Home for Dinner! by Dennis Bauer)
What were YOUR plans when The Unexpected showed up?