One of the things I love about the Knights of Moleskine, Spirit, and Ale blog is that a post on one subject can spark ideas that lead us in a completely different direction. It is sort of like that famous Yogi Berra quote, “When you get to the fork in the road, take it.” We tend to take off on some very interesting and unexpected paths from time to time.
Sir Dayvd’s post the other day about the Clark’s Nutcracker (Sunday, April 5) is a perfect example of taking the fork.
That post got us talking about birds in general, the brain, Audubon State Park in Kentucky, the Wabash River Valley, Vincennes Indiana, Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame), which got us talking about the Corps of Discover, which lead to Sir Dayvd making the comment: I like the phrase Corps of Discovery!!! The KMSA needs a Corp of Discovery.
The KMSA needs a Corps of Discovery. Interesting.
That got me thinking about our own personal journeys. Each day we start out bold and brave on our “journey” in which we have little idea of where exactly we will end up. Along the way, we keep journals, take and save pictures, and seek the assistance of people who know more than we do in order for us to survive and thrive. We are our own “Corps of Discovery”.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were two men who loved a challenge and seemingly feared nothing -- boldly going where no man had gone before -- at least where very few Europeans had left a footprint. Of course, they prepared themselves and their army very well for the challenge, but once out in the great unknown they had to depend on their life experience, unique creativity, and their fellow man and woman.
The story of Lewis and Clark is a lesson of overcoming tremendous obstacles. Perhaps the biggest obstacle was the willingness to look to the horizon of the unknown and endeavor to be bold enough to take the first step.
And what happened when they reached that horizon? Well, they discovered that there was always another horizon (goal) -- and they moved forward. Maybe that’s the Corps (core) of Success?
May your journey today truly be one of discovery.
Sir Bowie of Greenbriar