You’re pretty happy with your life, right? You have a nice place to live, have a good group of friends and some hobbies. You are settled. Maybe even nested. In the good weather you get outside for a walk or bike ride. In the winter you join a gym or take up yoga or just take a break. What if your life could expand and be even better than you know?
Adventurers explore without expectation. They don’t know what they are going to find (that’s why it’s exploration!). They remain open to possibilities and simply notice what’s around them and also notice how they feel. Whether they are paying attention to an unseen vibe or noticing the reaction they have to a thought or something they ingested, they are responding based on what their body tells them.
If it feels good, do it. If not, don’t. Right?
What feels good to you? How are you saying goodbye to 2012 and embracing a new year? What will you change for the next few months? Rather than think about lifelong changes, how about trying something just for the next three months? Or maybe three weeks? Then you can re-evaluate. Was it fun? What would make it better?
You might want to write two lists – one for work and one for home. What might you do differently to embrace a season of change at work? Just as the squirrels are harvesting nuts for the winter and the trees are soaking up the rains while they can, absorb and observe all that’s around you. Be aware of what flows around you and what prompts a response — or reaction, which can be more pointed. Does it make you feel happy? Because that’s the bottom line.
Are you the one who always tries to find a solution? Why not step back and let others find their way. Yes, it might feel less efficient. You might also gain allies; and co-workers might find their abilities to find their own solutions.
During the next three weeks, try something new. Something uncharacteristic. It might be a new hobby or a new relationship or a new response. Do you always come home and hide from the family for a while — or at least try? How about taking 5 minutes to yourself in the car, or a block from the house if you’re using other transportation, and then be fully present and ready to receive information and love from your family when you walk in the door.