This commentary aired on Marketplace Radio, May 18, 1998.
Well... Maybe it's not entirely the volcano's fault. Let me explain.
As a child... I often spent a week or two
during the summer vacationing
with my family at a resort camp on a lake.
But it's gone now. No... I don't mean the resort went bust. It's gone... Really gone... Because the lake these cabins were on the shore of was Spirit Lake. Spirit Lake on Mt. St. Helens.
A year after the mountain erupted... With
the force, scientists said,
of a nuclear weapon... work took me back to harmony falls.
So now, back to blaming the volcano.
The lesson of the volcano to me is not...
as some people say... to just
"live for today," and forget about tomorrow.
At the same time however, the volcano taught me to avoid a slavish belief that anything is guaranteed: even if you succeed in satisfying the whimsies of your boss... that's no guarantee he or she won't be suddenly gone one day. So it's good to play "what-if" games.
So I don't blindly accept that a steady job... or other apparently safe haven... is really some "Rock of Gibraltar." I know... thanks to the volcano... that rocks... and even mountains... don't last forever.
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