T.S. Elliott had a marvelous quote that my cousin John quoted and I wanted to share it with you.
"We shall not cease from exploration , and at the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." This really describes the journey of life. We tend to go in circles sometimes. This is a cycle. Of taking the time to return to center and gain much more understanding of what we did not know and to find out how much we still need to learn about.
This aptly describes the NASA space program in which they sent up over 100 shuttles to space and brought them back to earth each time. Those journeys yielded answers to the questions that they posed but also raised questions at the same time. And there are those times that the Challenger shuttle did not complete one of their missions successfully when it exploded in mid air 73 seconds into flight and the time Columbia disintegrated upon its landing from one of her missions. But even amid the failure of these two missions, learning went on of how to prevent future disasters and grow, expand and build a base of knowledge.
And it demonstrates that any exploration involves a degree of risk.
Even from disaster, the Challenger has birthed approximately 7 Challenger Learning centers that have taught kids and adults to work in teams and on projects
Our memoir class at the Bridgeport Public Library has been a place where we have been able to talk about memories of where we grew up when we were young.