Bog hopping

I was out walking today and had to come back via an unplanned route; a route that had I had any choice in, I’d have avoided as I suspected it would be a smidge muddy.  However, there I was, confronted with the reality of the situation and initially, although the path was 3” or more deep in water I was able to avoid it by scrambling up a parallel bank.  I was about 500 yards from the car and saw that I was confronted by more and deeper puddles. 

I should mention at this point that this area is home to well known bog.  I looked, assessed my options and decided that rather than face to known hazard of these puddles I’d take a chance and go off the path and try and pick a parallel path back, hopping from grassy hassock to hassock.  Initially this seemed to be working but as any of you who have tried to navigate through marshy ground will know, you never know when you are on solid ground.  I was only about 20’ from the path and suddenly found myself up to my knees in cold water and rather wishing I’d just marched through the puddles on the path!  Suddenly 20’ seemed a long way!

The odd thing was that once I got back to the path, I thought nothing of any the puddles or mud, and having already got thoroughly soaked, it hardly seemed such a big deal.  It left me thinking:-

  1. Sometimes the known problems are better than just hoping there is a better way
  2. That just accepting bit of something you don’t want can definitely be a the lesser of two evils, and
  3. Once the worst has happened, it is often not nearly as bad as you feared

Have you ever made matters worse by trying to avoid problems?

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4 Responses to “Bog hopping”

  1. Alan Rae says:

    This reminds me of one of our chief management maxims developed from 30 years of experience running businesses.

    “Things that look totally impossible at 4AM merely look unpleasant in the cold light of day”


  2. Thanks Alan…. where were you when I needed your wisdom this afternoon?

  3. Reminds of a story:

    A couple was driving through the country when they drove into a muddy patch in the road and the car became bogged down.
    After failing to get the car out of the deep bog, they luckily noticed a young farmer nearby.
    He offered to pull the car out of the mud for £50.
    The car owner accepted and minutes later the car was free & on dry land.
    The farmer turned to the husband and said, “Great, you’re the fifth car driver I’ve helped pull out of the mud today.”
    The driver looked around the vast tracts of farmed land & asked the farmer, “So, when do you have time to plough your land – at night?”

    “No,” the young farmer replied, “Night time is when I put the water back into the holes.”

  4. Thanks Norman… just goes to show that where there is muck there’s money…

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