Thankful for Discoveries & Inventions

I have been meaning to write this post for a while and keep not getting it done. I think it’s because it is such a massive topic. But I couldn’t make it smaller and truly represent what I was thinking in my 30 days of thanks series.
But I also don’t want the series to end without me mentioning it.
So why did I think it is so important that I wrestled with it for weeks?
Well, I live in a place and work in an industry that has been created by people who were willing to see potential in something totally new. Those people have discovered new lands and new uses for plants and animals, etc.
I am in awe of that mindset.
People who first saw a cow’s utters and thought let’s drink what comes out after we squeeze it. People who got to the Atlantic Ocean and thought let’s find a way to cross this and see what else we can find.
Some of these folks see a stack of wire and move it to a way to communicate or a plant that keeps getting ravaged by some pest and keeps looking til they find a way to help strengthen the plant’s resistance.
I know some of these people hit dead ends. Most people do hit deadends and when you are thinking about something so unique, i am sure more deadends are there than successful new routes but rather than take that as an end to the adventure, they usually regroup and find another way to go about things or they may discover something else they hadn’t even considered!
When you think about Christopher Columbus, do you remember how he failed to find a route to India or how he led a group of Europeans to lands they never knew existed?
Think of how many people have had to look for new ways to address illnesses like cancer…. I mean what would we do without people who first thought about chemotherapy or radiation? Or can you imagine how different life would be if people never settled down & started tending crops? I can’t imagine being a hunter-gatherer!
Thanks to explorers, my family arrived to the US generations ago and we have benefitted from untold discoveries and inventions. For me, that is truly something to be thankful for.


About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!


6 Responses to Thankful for Discoveries & Inventions

  1. Patrick Weseman December 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Amen. I have teaching about the Middle Ages and it is interesting to actually try to put myself back in those times. I can’t.

    I try to tell my kids about how I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and they can’t not imagine it.

    • Janice Person December 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

      Ok, calling the 70s and 80s the dark ages sort of makes sense LOL! I can’t imagine going back myself, but there are quite a few who have a different take on it. I can’t help but think about the advances as far greater than the steps back.

      • Patrick Weseman December 2, 2013 at 12:01 am #

        I guess I meant I am teaching my students about The Middle Ages and I have told my own kids about the 70’s and 80’s,.

      • Janice Person December 2, 2013 at 12:02 am #

        Oh, I understood, I was just laughing about the fact that some kids today would think they were so hard to imagine. LOL.


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