Glocal #4 The 18 Mile Rule™

Real Estate Agent with Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd IA100052670
Glocal #4 "The 18 Mile Rule™"

One of the great mysteries of the rain forest resides six miles east of Manaus, Brazil on the Amazon River.   This phenomenon of physics brings a global lesson to possibly every local organization, group and individual who look at it and think about the higher meaning of this transformational occurrence. “The 18 Mile Rule™” at the mixing of the waters represents  a message to help any community or individual looking to combine ideas and resources.

Eighteen miles along the Amazon River the dark waters of the Rio Negro tumbling from Colombia lay side by side with the latte colored water of the Solimoes River stemming from Peru before they mix into one turbulent entity flowing to the Atlantic.

The Amazon River has recently been deemed the longest and widest river in the world, ousting the Nile by a mere 150 meters according to our jungle guide. The Amazon has one of the largest drain basins in the world with over 7,000,000 square kilometers and accounts for 1/5 of the world’s total river flow.

Extreme Science published an article giving interesting statistics and showing some of the huge creatures that live below the surface of the Amazon giving it even more intrigue.   Smells, sounds and  visual stimulation come alive along the amazing Amazon.

As my husband and I travel the world “Connecting Dots” we are taking the global lessons and applying them to local situations as identified in the theme of the Spring 2011 Semester At Sea voyage.

The graphic illustration of the two entities of water created the perfect metaphor representing the three variables which are part of the physical equation to sustain this phenomenon

  1. Temperature
  2. Velocity
  3. Density

The Solimoes River travels at 6 km per hour with a temperature of 18 C and a high density.

The Rio Negro is traveling at 1 km per hour with a temperature of 23 C and a low density rich with natural acids and chemicals from the jungle. The acidic content of the water actually kills the mosquito larva coming in from the hibiscus leaves so there are very few mosquitoes on the Rio Negro. There are some unique physics involved in the mixing of the waters with the three important physical variable factors existing between the two bodies of water. The significant force which is created by both rivers takes 18 miles of traveling together before they actually combine as one.

The picture of this phenomenon stimulated thoughts about how this compared to people and organizations. Two different organizations might be moving at different speeds, some are warmer in the way they present their services and they might be rich with content. The other group might be slower and cooler with what they are providing and not so dense with additives. The two groups must travel the 18 miles together twisting and turning before they can blend and become one. Many times the people running the groups might not have the patience to go the 18 miles for success to become one entity and the blending never takes place which could be a severe loss for many causes.

The same concept could be applied to people. One person is warm, friendly, inviting engagement at a moderate speed in a light manner. Another individual might be cold, running at a fast pace and be more toxic with external additives. Unless the two people are willing to travel the 18 miles together, mixing the ideas, concepts, sharing and respecting, they too will never become one entity blending with a harmonious union. The waters can part, never to combine now or in the future with each entity continuing on an independent path not ever creating a blend of talent or resources which could help make the world a better place.

The rule of 18 miles™ has emerged as a new principle to be shared in “Cosmic Cow Pie…Connecting the Dots around the World,” derived from the meeting of the waters in the Amazon. The rule requires someone to travel 18 miles with a group or an individual before the “parting of the waters” or “kicking them to the curb.” Today it appears many are quick to pass judgment and make decisions without nurturing the merger or association between people and groups. It takes time and energy to accept and process the value one gives to another. Ridicule, condemnation and misunderstanding others stand in the way of a great mixture. Political agendas or simply personal agendas keep groups and people from combining to create a successful combination.

Thinking about the rule of 18 miles™ could possibly change the course of many a group or relationship by giving the relationship time to see if the temperature, velocity and density can blend to create a harmonious flow between the two. Each group or individual might be coming from a different “temperature” so taking time to warm up to giving each other the opportunity to reflect and then the respect of different thoughts and ideas has to be an integral part of the mixing. Some individuals or groups proceed at a different “velocity” moving faster than the speed of light and others take time to strategically asses the possibility of a merger. Taking the concept of “density” to an organic level brings to mind the content and toxicity of the combination. Utilizing the 18 miles to reach a common temperature, velocity and density ultimately ends up with a successful mixing of the waters and a flow that reaches to the Atlantic to become one with the ocean or larger purpose.

Taking the global lesson from the mixing of the waters at the Amazon River outside Manaus, Brazil and applying to our local situations might create some lasting relationships that are built on understanding and a concerted effort to mix and create one massive entity flowing together combining the uniqueness of each.

The question to ponder will be how do we apply and quantify the The 18 Mile Rule™. How much time or how many twists is 18 miles when trying to blend or mix with an individual or group? Are you willing to implement The 18 Mile Rule™ to help to work together to reduce social  injustice and create a sense of balance around the world and in local communities?

Cosmic Cow Pie...Connecting The Dots Around The World at the Amazon River in Brazil.


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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Arrived thanks to the group email and glad I did. An excellent illustration that some things take time - be patient!

Feb 05, 2011 12:22 AM #9
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Cara, your post greats me this morning as the sun arrives over Santa Fe. Our community is now in its 401st year and it is my 18th here. What you said about applying this 18 mile rule could be what mixes and holds our Hispanic, Western and Anglo together in so many different ways.  Thank you for giving me another way to think today and a new way to act tomorrow.

Feb 05, 2011 01:20 AM #10
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Kinda puts a whole new spin on social networking. And reemphasizes the relationship BUILDING that is so critical to our biz. Carramia, you knocked it out of the park and I don't mean skippin' pebbles! ;)

Feb 05, 2011 04:42 AM #12
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Goodness, Carra, how deep can we possibly get? ;-) This was well worthy of the group message that Margaret Rome sent. It does not only apply to real estate relationships, but even to our personal relationships as well. It takes time for relationships to develop between peoples of differing temperments and dispositions, but they can work well, if given the time...

Feb 05, 2011 07:15 AM #13
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

Great post, I enjoy hearing of your adventures and how you connect them back.  Can't wait to hear the next one.

Feb 05, 2011 08:59 AM #14
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Carra, I’m glad I read the group message. Very interesting post, I can see how the 18 mile rule can be integrated into both our lives and the work place. Can’t wait to read you next post. 

Feb 05, 2011 09:12 AM #15
Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu

Wow! This phenomenon is wonderful! And like so many things in our natural world, there are wonderful lessons to be found which will work for us in many areas.  Thank you for sharing this...I love how I always learn something new here in The Rain!

Feb 05, 2011 11:17 AM #16
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just stopping by to invite you to the 2nd Annual ActiveRain Super Bowl Party. Hope you’ll come and bring some friends!

Feb 06, 2011 11:28 AM #17
Terry Bishop
Terry Bishop Realty LLC - Tucson, AZ
Earning Your Trust and Confidence...

Nice analogies Cara, temperature, velocity and density.  I am working with a person right now where this thought process is helpful.  We are off base, his temperature, velocity and density and mine.  Perhaps I should slow down or speed up a bit.  The lesson is the adjustment so that we mesh together for mutual benefit.  Thanks Cara.

Feb 08, 2011 03:54 AM #18
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Getting to see it three different times..what an awesome experience for all of you. I am so pleased with how you share your adventure with all of us.

Continue to be safe and enjoy the marvelous experience.


Feb 09, 2011 08:54 AM #19
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Hello Everyone.. I have been in Winneba, Ghana, Africa the past few days.. so no Internet Connection.. so great to read your responses! 

To say I am having a hard time processing all the content I have to write about is an understatement but today gives me encouragement to keep writing and sharing the take away's... the good and the not so good...and there are some not so good parts of a trip around the world..... I never slept on a box before so did get that experience and never washed from a bucket except camping so now I can say I have done that too!  More posts to come but again.. with such gratitude for reading what I am doing and sharing.. it makes me a little teary reading all your comments.. so again THANK You for being such great cyber friends. Thank you Miss Margaret for sending out the blast.. I will check on the re-blog issue.

Judy ~  in OK.. thank you so much!  Glad it gave you something to ponder!

Gary ~  I think this was a huge lesson for me as I get older the patience seemed to be on the back burner so now... 18 miles!  That leaves HOPE for a long journey!

Emily ~  What a special way this has touched you!  Thank you for sharing! 

Erica ~  That is the question.. and I know that sometimes I have not given a situation the 18 miles.. so now I have a new way of thinking... thinking global acting local.. changing my own perspective based on a global experience. 

Candyland ~  How cool is that... with the bad Internet.. it takes me hours to get pictures and spell check.. so thank you, thank you... I better get to posting.. I have about 7 more in draft and had been out on the Cosmic Cow Pie... not getting those dots connected... all the comments here makes me think I better get to publishing! 

Williams ~  I am so happy to see the bigger picture for everything.  So special for you to share that too! 

Steve ~  Great to read you are looking for the next.. so I promise to finish another tomorrow.. we are 7 hours ahead and it is about 1 a.m. so better get to bed share another message!

Suesan ~  Thank you so much.. will get finished on one of the next posts!

Lisa  from CT.. it is so fun to learn together.. thank you for your comment!

Russel ~  Thank you for the invite.. There were NO Sports Bars in Winneba, Ghana Africa.. Hope you had a great time!

Terry ~  Glad the post is helping readers to think about how we need to adjust to get through things.

Margaret, Margaret ~  You are sure taking care of the Cosmic Cow Pie... the Rome Way!  Not sure why the re-blog is not working but I will go in and check with the edit button...

Warm aloha to all!


Feb 09, 2011 11:56 AM #20
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carra, AR has disabled the reblog feature for the time being. I will send out a group email each time you post.

Just keep enjoying each and every moment of this once in a lifetime journey and keep discovering there are cow pies all around the world!


Feb 09, 2011 11:16 PM #21
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Margaret ~ You are such an inspiration... I am enjoying every learning moment.... the Rome Way! Thank you.

Feb 10, 2011 08:22 AM #22
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carra, I am so enjoying your trip! I have just done a Reblog the Rome Way.

Feb 10, 2011 11:03 AM #23
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Carra - I like your "18 mile rule" and what a wonderful post.  This should be featured!  Beautifully written, great photos, and important, thoughtful concept.

Feb 10, 2011 01:51 PM #24
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Margaret ~  You are one special lady!  Thank you so much!

Gail ~  I have just gotten up on the way to Cape Town in the middle of the Atlantic and just appreciate your comment so much!  Thank you for the encouragement.. the lessons from around the world will continue!  Just posted the Lessons from the omelet part 1.

Feb 10, 2011 05:57 PM #25
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carra, your trip is being shared so many ways, as if we are all taking a portion of it with you. That 18 mile rule says a lot for being hasty with first impressions, and maybe just moving along for a while to get to know people better and try to blend the portions of those people's personalities that work best with our complimentary traits. You are connecting the dots so many ways.

Feb 11, 2011 12:18 AM #26
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Ed ~  I got a little teary eyed reading your comment!  I am so happy that what I am sharing is meaningful.  I don't think I have ever had this much time to just experience things and reflect on the bigger picture and how I can take it and make sense of it for more balance.  Thanks for taking the time to comment.. It really makes me feel like all of you are with me. 

Feb 12, 2011 12:54 AM #27
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Wow, Carra. I sure hope you are going to write a complete book, with pictures of course, when you get back. It would be an extremely interesting read.

Mar 06, 2011 10:34 AM #28
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Carra,

This is fantastic piece. Thought provoking, profound and utterly interesting. I wish you a safe journey and plenty of time to keep writing more posts to allow us to share your journey. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!!!


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