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Which Columbus Story do you Believe?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I spent a lot of time thinking about Columbus Day. Some people call Columbus a hero, others call him a scoundrel. Both could be right. I grew up believing that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean and discovered America, with a lot of help.
The truth is, Columbus was brave enough to leave the safety of Spain and go where no one (that he knew, at least) had gone before. Years ago, he was spoken of favorably. Over 520 years later, the story is not so positive.
That leads me to ask the question: What are people saying about you and I? Most of the time, I hear good things. I choose to focus on the positive because it helps me move forward and do more. Since I can’t please everyone, I will make sure that those that matter most to me are happy. There are some people who will not be happy with me no matter what I do.
Follow your destiny-no matter where it leads. Hopefully, history will remember us favorably.
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    I sometimes think about what will be my legacy. then i realize i only have control over what i do and how i respond to others. People will often change or out right lie about things if it suits their cause. So to heck with them. I plan to live my life and be happy instead of worrying about future people who will probably not be capable to grateful for what i do.
    1647 days ago
    This is a wonderful blog!!! I agree you can not please everyone, all we can do is our best....we can give nomore than that
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    It's all a matter of perspective: time, place, motivation. CC was looking to make a name for himself by testing a hypothesis. In that, he partially succeeded and was recognized for his efforts. The collateral damage caused by his journeys was not recognized (by the European-centric community) for nearly 500 years.

    Certainly a scoundrel for the results, but not any more so than a number of other Europeans and their descendents who continued to malign African natives for numerous years.

    History is written by the victors, so we've all been duped by the Columbus story.
    1647 days ago
    God uses imperfect people. He had his day in God's spotlight. I hope we can all stay in God's will.
    1648 days ago
    The news is that you believe a little bit and disbelieve a little bit!
    1648 days ago
    Great blog! When you consider Columbus, you have to remember what was "acceptable" in that day. While some of his acts would rightfully be considered "atrocious" today, much was, unfortunately, accepted at that time. I still consider him a hero for being brave enough to go where no one (that he knew of) had gone before. We should always concentrate on the positive in others. All of us are human, and we all mistakes. Better to dwell on the good things than to be miserable thinking about the bad.
    1648 days ago
    Great food for thought! It is our job to make each day as good as we can and that is our legacy to the world wen we depart. So, really, as you say, you won't please everyone, but hopefully the vast majority will be favorable in their thoughts of us!

    1648 days ago
    Most people see history trough rose colored classes and forget or not teach the bad parts That way we always look good
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  • JACKIE542
    Loved this, I try to keep focus on the positive too, keeps me going. emoticon
    1648 days ago
    Be concerned with pleasing God instead of trying to please humans.
    1648 days ago
    I love how you took a specific situation... Colombus... and made it a universal lesson for us all. Thanks.

    1648 days ago
    Columbus set sail to seek the gold of the day: spice, something we take for granted today. Would you be willing to risk life and limb for cinnamon?
    1648 days ago
    Hmm, I never really though about Columbus. I figured he was just greedy. Anyway, Columbus Day is just a day where there's no mail and the banks are closed. School and work are still there.
    1648 days ago
    True - there will be people who speak ill of us no matter what we do. But we can still try to live in such a way as to be a GOOD influence.
    1648 days ago
    good blog
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    You are so right!! There will always be some people who are just not happy. The only thing to do is be polite when they enter your life and then move on. Family and friends who love you unconditionally are the only ones who matter!! And they will love you no matter what!!

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    1648 days ago
    Good thoughts to think on for sure.
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  • PICKIE98
    The only thing Chris discovered was his bad sense of direction when he crossed the pond. He snagged eh first land he could get to in his little boat.

    I think it is a lesson in humility.. HE could not have done it alone, somebody else paid for everything and people were already living there, so he just stumbled on somebody else's home at another person's expense.
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  • RDEE22
    You are in a good space when you can feel secure and say "I can't please everyone, and not everyone is going to like/agree with me".
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    emoticon Stay positive, be happy and sail on to your destiny! HUGS!
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  • POPSY190
    We are all products of our time and place. It's not sensible to judge historical figures by modern day standards. You are right, we can't please all the people all of the time and can only do our best to remain true to our own ethical beliefs.
    1648 days ago
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