I’ve come to realize that I’ve taken on, built in, said YES to so much in my life that finding space between the action required to support these responsibilities is a challenge. And, I picked and love (most of the time) it all. I chose to lead a manufacturing company, to give birth to a yoga business, to buy a second studio, to have children, to join boards, to get married, to bring home the second dog… (This list could go on but you get my point).
Each of those endeavors hold varying degrees of meaning to my heart & spirit, but they all are positive imprints in my life. And, when you string them together across a day, a week, a month, and a year; I am not different than you – the sheer busyness can be dizzying. God Forbid an unexpected blip hits your radar. How does one materialize the time to care for a child home from school or a leak in the basement?
So, we either fall prey to an undercurrent of stress or we learn, through disciplined self-teaching, to ebb and flow, to let go, to lower expectations, to go easy, and to breathe our way back to center. And… even then something is missing.
Adventure. Adventure is different to each of us. Helen Keller said:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller 1880-1968
For me, adventure is new. It is a hike on an unchartered path or a trip to an unexplored part of the planet. It is swinging from a rope with Maya, dancing with my husband in the kitchen, playing basketball with Jack. It is learning something new, taking a risk in a conversation, walking over the log instead of the bridge. It feels like your brain and spirit waking up at the same time your lips curl up in the corners.
Adventure is waiting for you. She is singing her mermaid song to lure you in. And you will only notice her if you practice the art of the pause in your life. Looking up from your task list and device to wonder what that distant sound is and then extending your pause to explore. Following your instinct and curiosity.
My productivity & quality skyrockets when my life is infused with adventure. And when my life gets too linear and task oriented, my output becomes less creative and inspired. I get it all done, but that is not my measure of work well accomplished.
Seek adventure. Thrill your spirit. Lighten your heart. Stimulate your mind. Drive a new way to work, bicycle to the store, skip across the street, take the trip. It matters. Where will you seek adventure today?