Step out and explore the world beyond.
—Calm App Reflection
Image from Unsplash by Iswanto Ari
If you are an extrovert, today’s quote might be your motto. You probably love getting out there, meeting new people, and taking it all in.
If you fall on the introverted side of the personality spectrum, you most likely feel more comfortable closer to home with only modest levels of interaction. Getting out into the world consumes your energy, and you often want to remain plugged into your own home charging station.
What if we imagined ourselves as a cell phone, knowing that unplugging is essential to tapping into its full capabilities?
Where and how would stepping out expand your horizons and enrich your life?
You can always return home to recharge after your adventures!
When and where have you been reluctant to step out into the world beyond?
Where would the risk be worth the reward?
“To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustains life, not the top.”
Image from Unsplash by Charlie Hammond
I’ve never climbed a mountain but I’ve learned through watching plenty of nature programs that very little lives at extreme heights.
For the tallest of the world’s mountains, climbers enter the “death zone” when they are over 8,000 meters above sea level. At this height, oxygen is about one third the concentration it is on the ground below.
When one examines more modestly sized mountains, we can readily see the tree line only goes so far before things shift to the cold frosty stuff.
How often do you take the time to fully explore and appreciate all the steps on your journey to the top? Where might stops along the way and even deciding not to climb all the way be the wisest approach to take?
“What small step can you take today that will put you on the path toward something wonderful?”
Image from Unsplash by Hayley Murray
Each morning I take a three mile walk with friends from my neighborhood. Our time together usually involves discussing current events, our lives, and our various interests.
We unconsciously take the same 8/10ths of a mile circuit walking in a counter-clockwise direction.
Although we sometime comment on the state of our landscaping and repairs being made by our neighbors, the path we take is unremarkable, with the same inclines and curves we never seem to notice.
The other day one of our fearless leaders dragged the rest of us outside our development to visit a local park which provided a nice change of pace to the path we usually take.
Where in your life are you going in circles and not noticing anything particularly wonderful?
In what ways can you step off this path to investigate aspect of your world previously unexplored?
“You are the laboratory and every day is an experiment. Go and find what is new and unexpected.”
Image from Unsplash by NASA
How often do you feel bored? How have your daily habits and rituals caused you to feel stalled or stopped? Where have you entered a form of hibernation, penned up in your den, waiting for some better day to emerge?
In winter, many of us simply hunker down to wait out the cold, dark days. We often seek out comfort foods and warm blankets until the coast is clear to come out into the newness offered by mother nature’s unfolding of spring.
Imagine you had the opportunity to spend the winter months on the international space station where every moment counts. Instead of sleeping in, you would enter the laboratory of your days to conduct various experiments to unearth new possibilities and discoveries.
Where and how can you add more experimentation to your days? How can and will you use your precious time to discover something new and unexpected today?
“We carry within us the wonders we see around us.”
—Sir Thomas Browne, 17th Century English Polymath
What does it mean to you to live an extraordinary life? Where do travel and adventure fit into your plans?
Years ago, I picked up a copy of 1000 Places to See Before you Die, and realized I was woefully behind making even a modest dent in the list.
Today’s quote points to the wonderland that is always available to each of us without ever getting into a car, train, boat, or plane.
Consider exploring your own inner wonders of creativity, love, spirit, faith, wisdom, kindness, and inner peace.
What other areas could you explore as you view other wonders in the world around you?
“There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.”
—George Elliot, pen name of Mary Anne Evans, Victorian-era British author
ancient map for crossing the ocean, from Pinterest
Have you ever met a map-maker?
It’s a profession not likely to be in the top-ten career tracks at our universities!
If you were to meet one today, they would most likely be mapping the unchartered parts of our world, including the depths of the seas, or the planets and moons of our solar system and beyond.
What if all of us were actually map-makers at heart, somewhat untrained, but still able to explore and discover worlds within us?
What possible adventures and new or interesting territories might lie ahead if you put on your “explorer” hat?
What actions and efforts can you take to become your own Magellan, Columbus, or Captain Kirk to better map out your inner world?
“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”
—Yvon Chouinard, American rock climber and founder of Patigonia
Image from Unsplash by Daniel Burka
Are you an explorer? How often do you venture out on a quest or journey, to scale life’s mountains?
What are the factors that inspire you to put on your hiking boots and venture outside your comfort zone, personally or professionally?
How critical or important is it to arrive and actually reach the summit? How much attention do you usually pay to your individual steps? How often do you take in the scenery and the people you meet along the way?
Examine your level of excitement, anticipation, inspiration, curiosity, and passion relative to the mountains you are climbing. How can you discover far more rich rewards through the way you climb the mountain, whether or not you reach the top?
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
—François Rabelais, 16th Century French Writer
Throughout recorded history, man has inquired into his own existence and humanity’s place and purpose on this earth.
Having a reason to get up each morning to explore and realize the possibilities of life seems fundamental, but all to often, some of us get stuck or stalled in a daily rut in which our lives feel less inspired and engaging.
Where and in what ways can you intentionally and proactively seek your next personal or professional “perhaps”?
Feel free to reply to this post with any insights you have had, and actions you plan to pursue.
“‘Why not?’ is a slogan for an interesting life.”
-Mason Cooley, late American educator and aphorist
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Regret is a terrible thing. When questioned about their lives, virtually all elderly people indicate that they most regret the things they did not do, rather than what they did.
In my coaching, I encourage my clients to have a “Try it On” attitude, in which they intentionally explore ideas and strategies that may not exactly fit within their comfort zones. In some cases, these ideas fit better than they think, or need only a bit of tailoring.
Where and in what ways could you lead a more interesting and rewarding life by asking yourself, “Why Not?”
Give more experiences and ideas a try today and in the days ahead. Feel free to reply to this post and let me know what happens.