17 December 2011

#3: 50 Life Secrets and Tips

#3 on the list of 50 Life Secrets and Tips is a wonderfully inspiring one.
3. Develop an endless curiosity about this world.  Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events. Try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and try to experience as many different environments and sensations as possible. This world has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it?
We are often called "creatures of habit," and this tip illustrates how sad that descriptor really is. When we get stuck on the same merry-go-round, we are simply ruled by patterns and expectations.  "We always eat dinner at X," "I never make it to the gym before work," "This is the only way I like to travel," etc. We get stuck in what we know and what is comfortable, because that takes less effort and it's more top of mind than thinking outside of the box. We tunnel vision and lose sight of new opportunities and perspectives, because we limit what we allow ourselves to do, see, and feel. This mindset also sets us up for disappointment, since when something doesn't go the way we expected, it is uncomfortable/dissatisfying/surprising. ("Expectations suck the joy out of life.") What if we were, instead, "creatures of spontaneity?" It may feel extremely counter-intuituve at first, but how wonderful would it be if we could shake off our expectations and routines, and really see the world with new eyes? The world truly does have so much to offer when we don't rely on it to only offer specific things.

Starting today, I am going to work on seeing this planet as the truly fascinating place that it is. I'm going to step out of what I usually do and explore a new place or do something I thought I never could. It feels good to also see ourselves as fascinating and full of possibilities. What DOES a limitless person DO in a limitless world? That mental picture is intangible, and extremely exciting.

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