There are many reasons to explore, as there are reasons to rise out of bed in the morning. It is our own job to create an answer to the question "what is the purpose of exploring?"
Generally, people tend not to pause for a moment to ask the question and, we charge ahead with a wonderful experience that stimulates our senses. This in itself does have value. But, if you wish to get every drop possible out of life's experiences, then I suggest you bring an intention or a sense of purpose as you step out of the box of the familiar.
In doing so, we set up the greatest opportunities for growth. Deepening the richness of the experience to go beyond stimulation and offering the chance for insights and wisdom rarely gained.
I don't always get it right. But that doesn't stop me from setting an intention for my travels, my interactions with people and the determination to stay present so I can soak up the beauty life wishes to share with me. Life is such a fleeting and beautiful thing, as it unfolds in countless ways. It is our task, our calling, I believe, to honor and celebrate the journey, even when it doesn't quite appear how we desired.
If we can find the gifts, the blessings as they unfold, we spend less time in suffering and more time at peace in our hearts. At that is a good thing, for everyone we touch and for ourselves.
- When was the last time you stepped outside the box of familiar? What happened and what did you feel?
- Can you tell or feel the difference between being present versus being lost in your mind? Do you have a suggestion for staying present?
- What kind of intention could you set for your next adventure? How might this change your trip?