I recently took a road trip with my wife and children to the Four Corners area and the Mesa Verde National Park. While there, we toured several of the ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings. In about 1200 AD, these stone and plaster “apartments” were inhabited by some amazing people. Above the dwellings are sheer cliffs dozens of feet high. To get from their homes in the cliffs to the mesas above – where they farmed their corn – they would use hand and toe holds which were carved into the rock. It is believed that the women would often carry a pot of water on their heads and even a baby on their backs as they scaled these cliffs (without ropes or safety nets to catch them if they fell). These were a hearty and strong people.
As I listened to the Park Service Ranger describe the lives these people led, I could not help but be both amazed and grateful. I was impressed by the incredible architecture, inventions, and ways of life that kept these people alive so many years ago. Life could not have been easy for a people in such circumstances. My second thought was that of gratitude. I am so thankful to be born at a time when my challenges center around that third revision request from an AMC employee who obviously did not read the report the first time.
Now Dustin, are you seriously comparing the sweet life you have as an appraiser with the cliff dwellers of the ancient America’s? Well, yes. Yes, I am. It is a great time to be alive and an even better time to be an appraiser. I love my life and I hope you do too. We should all stop once in awhile and remember just how good we truly have it.