virgin islands scene

Wealth is enjoying what we already have, not getting more of what we think will make us happy.
-- Peter McWilliams


Saturday, October 12, 1996


One doesn’t discover new lands
without consenting to
lose sight of the shore
for a very long time.
               - Andre Gide

On this day in the year 1492, after a voyage of 5 weeks across an uncharted sea, Christopher Columbus and his expedition made landfall in what is now the Bahamas.

Columbus ventured into the unknown, and his voyage changed the history of civilization.

Great discoveries are always found beyond the horizon. There is rarely anything new to be uncovered in the comfort of the familiar. To learn, to grow, to see what’s over that horizon, we must go there.

It is always frightening, often risky, and usually very uncomfortable when we venture far from home, whether that home is a physical place or a comfortable set of assumptions. Yet that is where the opportunities will be found. Yes, we’ll face shifting winds and rolling seas, and we must learn to trim our sails, keep an eye on the compass, and a steady hand on the helm.

Though we risk failure when we venture beyond the horizon, we face certain failure if we never even set sail.

— Ralph Marston

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