Christopher Columbus: What do You Think of That?

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Yesterday was warm and sunny.

My children and I enjoyed frolicking inrepparttar 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 andrepparttar 123918 appearance of thick rain clouds.

To many parts ofrepparttar 123919 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 wearrepparttar 123920 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 wearrepparttar 123921 short sleeved top and short skirt we put outrepparttar 123922 night before, or would she prefer I put some cold weather clothes out instead.

She choserepparttar 123923 cold weather clothes and we savedrepparttar 123924 spring clothes for whenrepparttar 123925 weather shifts back to warm.

We were not rigid torepparttar 123926 choice we made last night. Inrepparttar 123927 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 throughoutrepparttar 123928 United States and Canada will tell you that Christopher Columbus discovered America when he was searching for a faster, more efficient route torepparttar 123929 riches of India. They will also tell you he meant to prove thatrepparttar 123930 Earth was not flat, that it was round.

Others will tell you that Columbus wasrepparttar 123931 first of many to beginrepparttar 123932 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 notrepparttar 123933 first time he made his request. He was powered by a spiritual quest that would not be stilled.

With Passion, Everyday?

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

"Well, you learn something new everyday." said Mrs. Parker,repparttar neighborhood matriarch. She was looking vacantly out her domain, otherwise known as our neighborhood. She sounded lackadaisical: surely not intrigued byrepparttar 123917 process.

Lily scrunched her nose: Mrs. Parker's expression and demeanor were so opposite torepparttar 123918 statement. Lily found it very exhilarating to imagine and embracerepparttar 123919 new lessons available to each of us daily.

How often have we heard "You learn something new every day"? What have we believed about that statement?

Think for a moment.

Tell me, what did you learn today? How about yesterday? How about on January 16 (or pick any random date)?

Abigail Adams said, "Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

As people seeking to make a difference inrepparttar 123920 world,repparttar 123921 first place to start learning is within our own lives. Being conscious inrepparttar 123922 realm of learning is simply being alert and awake to allrepparttar 123923 possibilities that surround you daily.

For example, I scanrepparttar 123924 newspaper everyday.

I had an assignment in a class I was taking to readrepparttar 123925 newspaper and find two articles which are especially interesting to me and add them to a scrap book for future reference.

Now when I scanrepparttar 123926 newspaper, I am looking for headlines that light something within me. Sometimes my local paper does not cut it, so I subscribed torepparttar 123927 New York Times Headline email service. Today one of repparttar 123928 articles I chose to study was about bus service in Atlanta.

>From that one article I can do several things to grow my business and positively impact my life.

One, I can take examples directly fromrepparttar 123929 transportation model and speak about this issue with other people. Another is I can discuss both interagency collaboration and cooperation as well as this context for cooperation inrepparttar 123930 private sector as well. I can write articles about either collaboration. I can write about cooperation. I can talk about creating a successful life from projects which appear to be unsuccessful inrepparttar 123931 first place.

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