Every single time I pass this apple tree in Mount Congreve Gardens, I find myself stopping to think about that word ‘Discovery.’
Sometimes it brings me straight back to Tuesday afternoons when I was in 4th class in primary school and the session that was set aside for us to read about famous discoverers like Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo. I would get lost in their adventures and wonder where they got their bravery from as they faced the unknown.
The ‘unknown’ seemed to be all about rough seas, horizons, spotting land, sailing ships, anchors, drifting, wild joy, mad excitement, trepidation, finding, losing, journeying.
Back then, I saw ‘the unknown’ as being totally associated with BIG stories and famous people. It didn’t seem to have any direct relationship to me.
How perceptions change! Now I see ‘discovery’ and ‘the unknown’ as being a fundamental part of everyday life and as being associated with everything from the mundane to the extraordinary.
This weekend, seeing ‘Discovery’ brought me to wondering if Ireland’s soccer team could possibly beat France in the knockout stages of EURO 2016. Alas, they couldn’t/didn’t but they sure tried their best.
It has also had me pondering about the future of the United Kingdom and the European Union. The UK are our closest neighbours here in Ireland and they certainly seem to be on a journey into the unknown.
At a personal level, I’m more than conscious that positive and negative unknowns are waiting to unfold. These are not things that I can always have control over.
And all the while, I think of Socrates’ point that ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’
I’d love to know what you’d be likely to be thinking about as you paused beneath ‘Discovery.’