Yesterday, my daughter got back from ten days kayaking in the Andes mountains in an adventure she will not soon forget. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned they were given a set of ten rules for “expedition behavior.” I thought it was some practical advice, so please indulge me with a little further application. This life is a journey, and there are a few rules we could all remember to make everyone’s life a little easier. We are a team in life working toward the same goal. Through inclement weather and sunshine, we press on. I have modified the ten points using liberal poetic license but the original site can be found here.
Ten Pointers Most Won’t Tell You
RULE #1 Get the heck out of bed.
I am liking this one already, having raised three teenagers. My mother had a rule. You get up at 7:30 at the latest. That is sleeping late. If you need a nap later, that’s okay.
RULE #2 Do not be too cheerful before breakfast.
Some people wake up perky and happy as fluffy bunny rabbits. Exhortations such as “Rise and shine, sugar!” and “Greet the dawn, pum’kin!” The best early morning behavior is simple: Be quiet. I have to admit I learned this one the hard way at our house. Mike is not a “before breakfast, tell me how busy the day is going to be” kind of person. Just because you see their face and they are upright does not mean they want to engage. The best kind of quiet is with your God, just you and He together over the first cup of coffee.
RULE #3 Do not complain.
About anything. Ever. Most people know already how bad a situation is. Make a suggestion. Tell a joke. Say a prayer. I once worked for a place that did not let you make a complaint without offering three reasonable ways to solve it. It was a policy.
RULE #4 Learn to cook at least one thing right.
As long as you have one or two really good dishes you make, you can create an illusion of being a great cook. A good meal is a gift.
RULE #5 Either shampoo, or do not remove your hat for any reason.
Can’t quite figure out how this fits on the road to life, but I vote for option #1! Nothing like a good daily head soaking to wash away the debris we fill our heads with.
RULE #6 Do not ask if anybody’s seen your stuff.
Assume the problem is yours. Maybe you misplaced something. Personal responsibility is a lost art these days, and most refreshing to those with you on this journey.
RULE #7 Never ask where you are.
The recommendation on this one is to use your road map. The Bible is the best one I have ever found.
RULE #8 Always carry more than your fair share.
Doing more than your part in life is the key to personal satisfaction as much as it helps others not to think you’re lazy. (see rule #1)
RULE # 9 Do not get sunburned.
Overexposure to anything is a bad deal. It makes you sick. Overindulgence even of good things like sunshine can make you sick. (Lauren learned what PLE was on her trip. She’s good now.) The key is moderation to keep a healthy balance, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
RULE #10 Do not get killed.
This one really freaked out this mother. However, in life there are many risky behaviors that can literally suck the life out of you. The most beneficial thing you can do is to take out life insurance, the eternal kind, by engaging in the best love you’ve ever known with your Savior. Quoting from the actual rule list: “All expedition behavior really flows from this one principle: Think of your team, the beautiful machine, first. You are merely a cog in that machine.” Life is meant to be enjoyed together. For the others’ sake and your own, don’t get yourself killed.