We don’t celebrate Columbus because he found what he was looking for.
We celebrate Columbus because he set out to look in the first place.
While hundreds of other “explorers” were “getting their crew together” or “finding a better ship” or “waiting for the right time”, Columbus hit the sea.
While everyone else was waiting for a map, Columbus was drawing his own.
Did he find what he was looking for? No. But finding is not what we should be focussing on. Finding is not the hurdle that most of us need to jump over. It’s looking that frightens us. It’s finding the courage and taking the opportunity to start.
The thing about looking though, is that once you do start looking, you are infinitely more likely to find something.
Happy Columbus Day.