“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren
Daily Nugget of Gold 1396
Change It Up
We could live our lives asleep, as it were. Well, not exactly asleep, but on automatic pilot, which is pretty darned close to being asleep. We have two conflicting desires, one of which is loving a given routine- meaning we don’t have to think about what we’re doing, and the other is doing something different which requires our attention. The desire of the first one is to conserve thinking energy, and the desire of the second one is to explore.
What’s interesting about this is that we were all born explorers, we spend a great deal of time in the beginning of our lives exploring every part of our world and venturing out further and further seeking new experiences. As we map out where we’ve been, we start becoming more and more comfortable with where we are, what we’re doing, and what we experience. That comfort is actually derived from being able to shut off much of our brain’s activity because we are now familiar with it.
Notice that we said this is true of our surroundings, what we do, and what we experience. All of these things are “mapped out” in our brain much like a GPS unit maps out our world when we drive. We can just as easily coast along while we do something or experience something as we can when we take a particular route to get to where we go every day. Here’s the kicker, though, we don’t “feel alive” in the familiar things. While doing things automatically may conserve brain energy, the downside is that it creates massive amounts of boredom.
Fortunately, the solution is right at hand. We always have the ability to change what we do, to “shake it up”, as it were. We don’t have to live our lives in dullness, but in order to achieve excitement we do have to give up some comfort. Exploring by definition means we are in unfamiliar territory and we’re bound to encounter a level of difficulty we’re not used to.
Think of a baby taking it’s first steps, it falls down a lot. He or she struggles to stay on his or her feet. Just the same, the infant knows that a wonderful world can be opened up just by learning a new skill, and realizes the trade of is worth it.
Let’s take a lesson from babies. Let’s LIVE!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do today which is new and different?”
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