Yesterday, one of the big “breaking news” stories was about an 80-year-old unsolved mystery. A blurry photo of a woman who could be Amelia Earhart and a man who could be her navigator, Fred Noonan, appears to show the duo in the Marshall Islands after their mysterious disappearance.
The photo was released right ahead of the History Channel’s two-hour Amelia Earhart special, and though the photo appears to be authentic the timing of its release is certainly a publicity stunt. Putting that aspect aside, it is also a treat for the imagination. Eighty years are a long time to not have a true break in a case, and while we still may never know what actually happened to Earhart this new lead can inspire hope in other ways.
For instance, if a mystery like this can become more solvable, perhaps other problems might not seem so impossible. From our own personal decisions and deliberations to much larger issues with a wider impact, suddenly a solution these quandaries doesn’t seem so unfeasible.
Although, I understand to some this revelation might seem like the beginning of another dead-end. You’re entitled to that opinion, but I can assure you that attitude is not what led those pursuing this case after all these years to this photo. Optimism might not solve all our problems, but it can lead us to a better solution than assuming there isn’t a solution.
In conclusion, enjoy the mystery in your every day, don’t forget to be open to the new, and remember a good attitude can improve any situation. On that note, I’ll leave you to the rest of your Almost-Friday.
More on the Story: NY Times
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