The celebration was in recognition of the anniversary of the arrival in the Americas by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. His arrival opened the door for the European colonization of the Americas, which became known as the New World.
There are several interesting discoveries that might be of interest. First, Christopher believed, when he landed the Santa Maria in what we know today as the Bahamas, that he had found a direct sailing route to Asia! Of course, it was later revealed that he wasn’t in Asia, nevertheless, that’s what Christopher initially believed.
Another interesting piece of information about this navigator and explorer was that Columbus set sail to refute a prevalent belief that the earth was flat. This misconception was passed down by well-meaning and respected people, including Washington Irving. The truth of the matter about the earth being flat had been resolved much earlier. In fact, it had been common knowledge for a long time among sailors that the earth was spherical.
That’s not all. Did you know Columbus never set foot on the North America mainland? Of course, many of us were taught that Columbus discovered America by our teachers who were using the resources they had at that time. However, it was most likely Leif Erikson who in 1000 crossed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered what we know today as New England. Yet, Columbus made a huge contribution in the area of navigation and is credited with the discovery of the Atlantic trade winds.
The facts discovered about Christopher Columbus are thought-provoking and provide a few tips for us today:
- It’s easy to believe a lie. Columbus knew the earth wasn’t flat. That was not the purpose of his voyage.
- Don’t believe something just because it makes sense to you. Columbus believed he was in Asia, but he was wrong.
- Not everything we’ve been taught is based on truth. Yet, because much of our information came from parents, teachers, and/or religious leaders – people we trust and respect, of course we believed them.
What do you believe about yourself? If you were raised with highly critical parents or there were toxic people in your life, you probably have some distorted views about your worth that need to be challenged. Exploring this with a professional can bring clarity and build confidence.
There have also been myths passed down about the hurts and disappointments you’ve experienced. The truth is, you need correct information to navigate your broken heart.
Here are a few myths you’ve probably been told:
- Time Heals. “I know time doesn’t heal,” you say, but how many times do you tell yourself, “I just need to give _________ some time”? While time doesn’t heal all wounds, correct information and taking the necessary steps make time more effective.
- Keep Busy. Sorry, but you can’t keep yourself busy enough. At night or even in the middle of the grocery store, painful memories can resurface, bombard your mind, and open the wounds in your heart.
- Be Strong. That’s what we’ve been told. Right? Don’t show your emotions and act as if everything is FINE. That’s what many people in your life might want, but you know the truth. You don’t feel strong.
Myths about how to handle disappointments and loss have been passed down by well-meaning people for generations. People don’t understand. Perhaps you don’t even understand your own grief.
I wonder if what we’ve learned about Christopher Columbus might provide a tip worth exploring. Call The Grief & Wellness Group today at 520-668-5906.