Survival

When I was in high school, I went on a week long survival trip in Escalante.  I loved it.  We took 20 kids from my high school and 5 from a high school for kids that were kicked out of our high school for drug problems or violence.

When we got to Escalante, our leaders pointed to a plateau far off in the distance and said “We need to be there in 4 days.  It doesn’t matter how you get there.  Just get there somehow.”  Then the girls went one way and the boys went another.  We didn’t see the other group for those four days.  We had instant breakfast each morning, and then something along the lines of 1/2 a cup of rice or an ash cake for each meal.  We slept in caves and under the stars.  We kept our eyes on the plateau and on the fourth day, we reached the top.  We had to wait for a few hours, but shortly thereafter, the girls arrived.

We spent that afternoon hiking, and then had to spend 24 hours by ourselves with no food.  This proved extremely difficult, and I was so glad to see everyone the next day.  When we had collected everyone along the trail, we were taken to a secluded area where our leaders could talk to us.  We talked about life and how we are to go about living it.  I learned a lot from that trip, but most of all this:

It doesn’t matter how we get from point A to point B.  All that matters is that we actually get there.

I think this is so applicable to so many aspects of life.  It doesn’t matter if we go to college or learn a trade or just fall into a good career.  Heck, it doesn’t even matter if we stick to any conventional plan at all.  All that matters is that we are successful, and success is defined by the individual.

It doesn’t matter how we make it through this life.  What matters is that we do.  We all must do what will make us happiest.

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One Response

  1. I like this example. A friend recently pointed out to me that often in the Church we become critical of others when they walk on non-conventional paths. When I’m here and others are way over there and the destination seems closer to me, it’s easy for me to be critical of those who appear so far away. But the truth is, God’s plan for each of us is individual. It may appear to me that someone else is so far away from the ultimate destination and therefore far away from God, but actually if that person is following God’s path for them, they may actually be closer to God than observation assumes.

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