7 Lessons Learned on the River To Apply to Daily Life
For Christmas this year, I decided to book a trip for my family down the Colorado River. It was something my mother, Betty Moore, did during her life. The trip was both a means of paying tribute to her and a way to pass on a wonderful
would’ve taken forever. However, in our group, everyone was willing to pitch in, and we had it down to a science in no time.
NO. 3: BE PREPARED Ben Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s something I remember learning as an Eagle Scout, and it served us well on the trip. My nephew Jody gave us the pro tip to bring along some waterproof socks. Boy, am I glad we did. The water is about 46 degrees and that’s cold!
NO. 4: THE FORCE OF WATER IS AMAZING With the rush of the river that carved the Grand Canyon, we got to see just how powerful water is. It gives us life and shapes the landscape. We’d be nowhere without it.
experience to the next generations of our family. Robin, Dawson, and I packed our bags and headed off about a month ago. Sadly, Davis couldn’t join us. Coincidentally enough, he was recently hired by Backroads travel company, so he’ll have plenty of adventures of his own — and be getting paid for them! The trip itself was powerful and inspiring. Looking up at the Grand Canyon from the water is something I’ll never forget. I think (at least, I hope) everyone came away with both memories and lessons from our time on the rafts. With that in mind, I wanted to share my Seven Lessons Learned on the River. NO. 1: WASH HANDS, AND OFTEN When you’re sharing two rafts among 28 riders and four guides, sanitation is paramount. Our accommodations may have been spartan, but we set up hand-washing stations wherever we went. If one person gets sick, you can bet the whole party will. It’s like that old computer game “Oregon Trail.” Needless to say, we washed our hands every chance we got. NO. 2: MANY HANDS MAKE LITTLE WORK Every evening we had to set up camp, and every morning we had to tear it down. Had only some members of the trip participated, it
NO. 5: TIME AND EROSION CHANGE EVERYTHING When you see something as ancient as the banks of the Colorado river, it’s easy to imagine that it’s been that way forever. In fact, it’s the result of millennia of erosion. The passage of time affects us all, even if we don’t see it happening. NO. 6: DON’T JUDGE BY APPEARANCE One of the passengers on the trip was an older woman. We assumed that she would be the one taking it the easiest. We were very, very wrong. She did all the treacherous hikes and jumped off all the waterfalls. As we got to know her, we found out that she has a black belt in karate and has jumped out of an airplane for fun. NO. 7: UNPLUG FOR A TIME AND BE REFRESHED In our interconnected world, it’s harder and harder to step away from the grind of daily life. Well, after two weeks without cellular connection or internet, I can tell you that getting away from all the tech can be very valuable. It gives you a chance to see the world anew. The great thing about these lessons is that they apply to every aspect of our lives. As a dentist, I see the effects of erosion often. Sanitation is just as important in our office as it is in the wilds of nature. The parallels go on. I hope that you can take these lessons and use them in your life. I know that all of us will. –Dr. David Yates
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