#241: Where Has The Settler Spirit Gone?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A History Channel TV show documented the journeys of America's pioneers and of Columbus, Ponce de Leon and other legendary world explorers. It focused on their indomitable spirit and bravery when facing unknown dangers in their explorations of unfamiliar territories and oceans.
And the show asked an insightful question: "Where has the settler spirit gone?"
Think about our American pioneers for example. They were willing to load their meager belongings on horse-drawn wagons and walk and ride for months hoping to find land where they could settle down and raise a family.
Their were no paved roads or restaurants or wagon repair shops or medical facilities. There were no motels or ready-to-move-into houses or apartments.
What there was were thieves and diseases and broken wagon axles and lack of food and water and proper sanitation.
There were also births and deaths among these people of stout character who believed with all of their heart and soul that the difficulties they faced were worth enduring for the bounty and better life they knew awaited them.
The question asked, in comparison, why we think we have it so tough today. Most everyone has a place to live, with enough, often too much, food available, medical facilities readily nearby 24 hours a day, ease of travel and a sense of safety wherever we go.
But here we are on a site such as SparkPeople, with a wealth of free information and self-help tools offered to us and we, me included, so often bemoan how difficult it is to track what we eat, that it's too tough to find time to exercise and all in all we complain about how overweight and out of shape we are.
In comparison to the settlers and world explorers, THAT is what we have to worry about?
Like the show asked: "Where has the settler spirit gone?"
Why is it so difficult for us to eat healthy food and enjoy exercising and becoming fit? Why aren't we as steadfast in our journey to weight loss and better health as the settlers were on their journeys to a better life?