Our Great Adventure 738.1

This commentary was supposed to be Part Two of a list of principles I prepared for my daughter, who is going off to college. But events have made two of these principles particularly pertinent:

  • When everything seems to be going wrong, take notes because your worst days often become your best memories.
  • The difference between a colossal inconvenience and great adventure and is perspective; find the fun and learning in every experience.

I’m recording this from New York City under circumstances that will test these beliefs.

My wife and I are here to help our daughter move into her college dorm, but we’ve been told that her Sunday move-in date is postponed to Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. I know this may be optimistic and that the impending storm could cause serious harm, but for now, I choose to think of the upcoming days as an adventure that we will all remember and talk about forever.

We will be very prudent and should be safe, but if the hurricane directly hits Manhattan – which hasn’t happened in more than 100 years – it may be more of an adventure than we would like. There will be flooding in lower Manhattan, which may halt transportation, flood subways and streets, and close airports. Windows on the higher floors of the city’s many skyscrapers may be broken, streets will be strewn with glass and other debris, and torrential rains could last a few days.

Doesn’t seem likely we will move in on Monday or fly home Monday evening.

Please wish us well as we may need more wise sayings about adventure.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 2

  1. Thanks for this article. I have a challenging job, and it often affects my feelings. I know better, but I let the little things and irritants at work get to me, and infect my attitude. Along with keeping scripture verses handly that relate to my circumstances, I’m going to remember that challenges CAN BE a collosal adventure. Good stuff Michael!

  2. I normally catch your commentary on the radio but was away the past week in NYC moving my son to NYU. As I browsed the titles of your recent commentaries I missed, I noticed “Words of Wisdom: Part Two” and thought of my son who is now starting the next important chapter of his life at college. When I look further for the Part I, I read of your personal “Great Adventure”…it appeared we were having parallel experiences!!
    Our trip started off with a great deal of planning, moving my son from LA to NYC. We had an action packed, tight schedule that we anticipated for days preceding our travel. As soon as we departed, our plans took an unexpected detour which resulted in much uncertainty and anxiety. What was about to happen to us was totally out of our control. We did plan for the worst, as the Mayor suggested, and we experienced many “bests”. We were treated by the local city folks, hotel staff and so many strangers with so much kindness. As a family, we had one of the best times ever while we waited out the storm….certainly one of the best memories we have ever had and will be talking about for the many years to come!

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