Yesterday was warm and sunny.
My children and I enjoyed frolicking in swimming pool, each of us adding pink to our cheeks and smiles to our faces.
What a surprise to wake up this morning to a cold wind blowing and appearance of thick rain clouds.
To many parts of country, this is not odd at all. In Bakersfield, where we experience two seasons: very hot and fog, having two completely different weather experiences within a span of 24 hours is highly unusual. In shifting, we can get a bit off kilter.
A very practical example is this: if our intention for today was to wear same wardrobe as yesterday, we would be awfully uncomfortable today! Instead, we have to think and respond differently. As we started our day today, I asked Katherine if she wanted to wear short sleeved top and short skirt we put out night before, or would she prefer I put some cold weather clothes out instead.
She chose cold weather clothes and we saved spring clothes for when weather shifts back to warm.
We were not rigid to choice we made last night. In new weather context, it simply did not make sense.
As we reach out and discover discover different realms with different ways of being, it is most satisfying to navigate a bit differently.
Henry David Thoreau made this comment: "Be a Columbus to new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels of thought."
School children throughout United States and Canada will tell you that Christopher Columbus discovered America when he was searching for a faster, more efficient route to riches of India. They will also tell you he meant to prove that Earth was not flat, that it was round.
Others will tell you that Columbus was first of many to begin downfall of a civilization.
Still others will say Columbus was a navigator of extreme skill, a passionate seeker of God's will and a Commander of men who assisted in ending an invasion of Spain even as he was not a Spaniard.
No matter what your opinion or thoughts are on who Christopher Columbus was as a person, there are some remarkable facts to learn from his life.
1. The relentless pursuit of his dream with a willingness to approach it from different perspectives is what brought him remarkable success. He had asked many to partner in his dream: in fact, when Ferdinand and Isabella agreed, it was not first time he made his request. He was powered by a spiritual quest that would not be stilled.