the edge

I found myself awake into the wee hours of the morning the other night... contemplating life... snacking on wheat thins... and catching a few minutes of an old favorite movie... The Edge, starring Anthony Hopkins. Long story short. Some guys are marooned from a plane crash in the woods and a bear is chasing them. It's a story about the wilderness, understanding nature, the nature of people, jealousy, vengeance, and survival.

So Anthony Hopkins' character has this interesting line. He says:

" Most people that die in the woods, die of shame."

You know... it's that feeling that I can't believe that this is happening to me... I can't survive out here... I can't do this... I can't...I can't...etc... and then you curl up in a panic ball and eventually starve or die of exposure. The non-shame route involves you eating grubs, chewing on pinecones, killing bears and then using their pelts for protection against the elements.

Granted... its a big leap from grande soy caramel machiattos to "I'm going to drive this spear that I just carved through the heart of an eleven hundred pound beast"... BUT there is a take home lesson:

We have no idea what situations we are going to be thrown into, be they the untamed wilderness or the abyss of trying to manage a construction project that you are emotionally tied to... but when those times come... you gotta decide what you're going to do.

Tomorrow is Thursday.

So... new day... new motivation to survive the jungle.