Monday, August 12, 2013

8/12/13-Si vis pacem, para bellum

Day 3 - 8/12/13

"If you want peace, prepare for war." -- I stared the day off with one of my favorite quotes by Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: A plan, and not quite enough time." As the day progressed, we drove forth with our war plan to tackle the Canadian wilderness for 32 days as we battle the Grass River of Manitoba for almost 240 consecutive miles. The day was long and arduous, but not a complaint was registered as we plugged away at our responsibilities and chores. At lunch I reminded the group of the necessity for humility and respect for our environment by offering up the words of Socrates: " The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing." We continued by completing our ration plans for our extended back country expeditions, followed by a long list of manual labor tasks that easily extended into supper time. By the time our double cheeseburger meals arrived, everybody was feeling pretty lethargic; to which I reminded them with the words of Frederick Nietzch: "What does not kill you makes you stronger." -- As the day finally started to wind down, we were assigned our tent mates for the back country, and all of our hard work finally started to become a reality. As the final hours tick away, we must remain vigilant and conquer our obstacles one by one. After all, one of the key components to achieve great things is just not quite enough time.

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." -- The Holy Bible: Romans, 13:12.

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