Sometimes we have to get outsides ourselves to explore what’s really going on inside.
I used to be an avid explorer. I’d sign up for a class just to find out more about a subject I didn’t know much about. I was more spontaneous, sometimes getting up early in the morning to take a two or three hour drive somewhere just to see what that place was like.
And, always when you set out to explore one thing, you end up making all kinds of discoveries — some that lead to places you never expected. Serendipity — I always loved that word — those “happy accidents” that happen when you’re looking for something else.
Inward is Good…But
I mentioned last Monday that I’d been going inward a bit. The time comes though when you can get so caught up in your thoughts — twisting them around here and there — going over and over them in your head so that the outcome turns out differently, you become stuck.
Introspection can be enlightening. It’s when that “intro-inspection” turns intrusive that the mind can turn so inward on itself, it stops exploring other options. And that’s never a good thing. Fear, anxiety, depression and anger can replace courage, gratitude, happiness and joy.
Have you ever noticed when you’re going through some kind of shock, trauma or life change in those moments when your brain is trying to comprehend it, you take in the most minute details? A vein in your hand, dust motes in the air, an eyelash on someone’s face, the tick of a clock, a frayed shoelace — your mind is slowing/discovering/exploring at the oddest moments.
We have the ability to notice minute things any time, we just don’t. I think it’s when we begin to consciously explore, we can discover all kinds of wondrous things — inside and outside ourselves.
Some of the greatest art, writing, literature, songs/music and probably even scientific discoveries were created or discovered when the person was going through a major life change — our minds hone in on those tiny details in order for us to take in enormous life-changers and survive them. Tiny little worlds of wonder offer themselves to us. We SEE in those snippets, differently and possibly more intuitively.
Put Up or Shut Up
I’m exploring this week. I’ve signed up for a class. I’m going to go some place different every week and see what I find. Who knows I just may discover what I’m looking for and I don’t even know what that is yet.
But I know exploring what’s outside my front door just may lead to something I never expected and maybe some happy accidents that change lives or at the very least, lead to a fine, fun discovery.
Happy Monday everyone and Happy Exploring. Enjoy a song that Eric Clapton wrote when he was exploring some unrequited love.
What are you exploring this week? What have you set out to explore and found something entirely different than you thought you would?