The Promise of Discovery

Today is the official holiday in the US recognizing Cristoforo Colombo’s arrival to the Americas. I prefer to think of it as a day to celebrate the discovery of things

The Promise of Discovery, Brad W. Smith photographer LifeIsHOTBlog, upshot of two sails against a blue sky

Under sail aboard the Victory Chimes off the coast of Maine.

that are new to us. Discovery requires courage to embark on a journey to something unknown.

Certainly Christopher Columbus and his crew had courage. They had the courage to face whatever disease, disaster or even whatever manner of death might strike. They expected to suffer hardship, yet they were game for a good adventure, and willing to roll the dice for the promise of discovering something bigger than they already knew or could imagine.

Sometimes a journey of discovery requires openness to a truth that is hard to admit.  Did you know Columbus never admitted to the Spanish crown that he had reached a continent previously unknown to Europeans, rather than the East Indies he had expected?

Not every journey is a physical trip. We journey though life discovering new things about ourselves, the people around us, even the path our lives will take. The career we prepared for does not bring the satisfaction we expected. A loved one betrays our expectations for the relationship. War breaks out. A physical injury permanently alters our abilities. A tsunami washes away everything. Pregnancy occurs. A medical diagnosis means a life of restrictions, or even, a shortened life span. The economy strips us of employment. Planes crash into buildings.

This blog is an exploration of relationships. It is a journey that promises to lead to discovery about myself. What I feel, what I think, what I say, and what I do. And in the end, I hope have better understanding about myself and better relationships with others.

I hope, dear readers, that you too are able to explore for yourself what is in your heart and in your mind, and to discover more about yourself and your relationships. Let me know how your journey progresses, and I’ll continue to share my progress with you. We can learn from each other. Happy Discovery Day.

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