I feel a little silly writing this blog post, but I couldn’t help but
to parallel my recent 4 day Algonquin Park adventure to what people
experience when they go through our credit card debt relief program.
When you are paddling a canoe in Algonquin Park, you usually have
lots of time with your thoughts as you slip into a rhythm. I think
people take too much for granted; they want everything to come easy.
Our society is completely geared towards instant gratification. We want
it all and we want it now.
Our debt settlement program is very similar to an Algonquin canoe
trip, and I’ll share why.
We did this trip with four people. Preparation took several months;
we exchanged about 70 emails delegating who would get what ready for
Food, rental equipment, tents, bear spray, park fees, and all kinds
of gear all took a considerable amount of time to organize. Then we
spent a full day (starting at 5am) to make the 3 hour drive up there
from Markham, then get all our kit in the canoes and make our way 14 km
into the park to Burnt Island Lake. Once we had done a ton of
portaging, and paddling (sometimes in some strong headwinds) we arrived
at our destination well into the park and completely unplugged from
society, we now needed to set up the tent, gather wood and prepare food
for dinner before it got dark.
All of this takes a considerable amount of effort and time, and you
don’t actually get rewarded until you have eaten and are relaxing by
your campfire enjoying an epic sunset, which followed with the
enchanting sounds of loons then a brightly star lit sky with tons of
shooting stars. That’s something you can’t get in the city or even a
That is delayed gratification. That is very similar to a debt
settlement program, there is tons work and discipline upfront and then
it all pays off 1-3 years down the road, but when it does the payoff is
awesome because you get out of debt for less then you owed on the day
The funny thing is on the way home we were extremely proud of
ourselves and our 4 day 14 Km adventure. We stopped at a coffee shop on
Hwy 48 near Lake Simcoe and outside there was a couple in their 50’s
with tons of gear packed on their bicycles, the gentlemen’s bike had a
small trailer in tow with a small Swiss flag on it. Sipping my coffee I
casually asked them where they were coming from, he answered:
Apparently with 6 months’ vacation saved up they decided a bike ride
from Vancouver to Halifax would be their own form of adventure. I bet
the gratification felt when they arrive in Halifax will be second to
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing
unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied
a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people
who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt.