Today’s Word: abrade (verb) – To abrade (uh-BRADE) is to rub off or wear away by friction or erosion. As used by Rudyard Kipling: “One of the many beauties of a democracy is its almost superhuman skill in developing troubles with other countries and finding its honor abraded in the process.”

Did You Know?: Not every state celebrates “Columbus Day.” In South Dakota, today is called “Native American Day.” In Hawaii, it’s “Discoverers’ Day” (honoring the Polynesian discoverers of the islands). And in Alaska and Oregon, it’s not a holiday at all.

Worth Quoting: “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” – Stephen Hawking

Watch This: Hearing for the First Time

Most people don’t search for meaning in their lives. And for a very good reason. Meaning for them is immediate, coming as it does from the struggle to survive.

Of those for whom survival is not a challenge, meaning is more elusive. Some find it by submitting to a belief system. Others, those that prefer to think independently, have a more difficult time. As near as I can tell, it’s never found through any sort of introspection. If it comes at all, it comes from work that has purpose.

The wife of a colleague has devoted her life to helping the deaf to hear through advanced medical technology. Take a look at the responses such people have when they first experience hearing. I can only imagine how meaningful it would feel to know that you gave this gift to someone.