I shared the idea of going to Papua New Guinea on a three-month assignment with a few people I know and trust.  I wanted to see whether they thought taking this assignment was a good idea or a bad idea.  Again, the assignment isn’t mine by any means.  However, if I’m convinced I should take it, I can lobby hard for it at work.  I have a great chance of getting it if I want it.  The assignment has both positives and negatives aspects, and it isn’t clear how good an opportunity it really is or how much of a hardship it will be.  I do not even know if the opportunity will pan out, but it has definitely stirred strong emotions among those who know about it. 
What is perhaps most interesting is that those who favor going to Papua New Guinea and how those who do not differ by gender.  Every woman I talked to about it thinks that I should not go to PNG, regardless of whether my family accompanies me.  Every man I talked to thinks I should do it.  I have my suspicions as to why this is, but I thought I would throw this out to you, dear reader, as food for thought.  If I have the opportunity to take an important assignment in a very difficult location, probably separated from my family for about three months, should I take it?  Should I pass on it?  What do you think?  And why do you think men would agree and women would disagree?  It just goes to show you, we don’t always think the same way.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Hayley's Gravatar Hayley
    June 30, 2005    

    nice space

  2. Unknown's Gravatar Unknown
    August 17, 2005    

    I wonder if it’s the alleged wildness of PNG, or perhaps even it’s remoteness. I’d never thought of it in the way you phrase it – everyone in our family, male and female would probably all encourage you to go, but then we’ve had family members visit there, and other relatives grow up there. Shoot, my mom first went there when she was 55, and she loved every minute of it. Crunch a bit more on the downsides, and see if there is anything that would be a real spoiler. For example, if you were guaranteed to become malarial, I might think again. Otherwise, I would so be there. As for hardships, anyone can hold their breath for a few months.Awesome blog!

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