Inconvenience

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I received a quote this week by Gilbert Chesterton,

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

The thought has camped out in my mind and is getting quite comfortable. The connections of this quote to some of the things I’ve written about and experienced this week have me thinking about the “Old West.”

The Old West was ALL about adventure. Entrepeneurs wanted to go West to find their fortune, stake their claim, and carve out their future. They faced harsh traveling conditions, difficult weather,  and isolation. They faced wild animals, diseases, and hostile enemies. They often lost possessions, animals, and lives in the journey. These are our roots, people who were willing to embark on an impossible adventure in order to change their future.

America, how far we have come from our roots. We are far more concerned with convenience than adventure. Harsh conditions, difficulties, and isolation are mere inconveniences we avoid. Wild animals, diseases, and hostile enemies are inconveniences, usually in the form of fellow human beings, that we run from. Loss of possessions or lives are inconveniences for which we purchase insurance.

I can’t help but wonder, if our ancestor’s dreams of staking their claim and carving out their future was about far more than we’ve made it. What could our communities look like if we rightly considered inconveniences around us? You know, the phone calls, knocks on the door, or emails that come at the worst possible time, and always involve someone needing something from you. What if we saw that as an opportunity for adventure? An adventure in to another person’s life to offer love, hope, or help to someone in need?

My sense of adventure has been awakened by these thoughts!! I seem to be waiting on pins and needles for the next inconvenience so that I can embrace it and head out on an adventure that would make my ancestors proud!

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