Life is a fantastic voyage: adventure, excitement, love, learning, travel, surprise.
WOW! This trip has everything. Everything! Hey, and we know the destination, right! So we don't want the fastest means of travel. We want a long slow trip with time to savor, rest a bit, take time in the right places, and move on quickly when another stop disappoints. So this is all about the trip.
Of course, some in your office call life a struggle! They live by the famous bumper stickers, "Life is hard, and then you die." "The best thing about each day is that it ends." It's up to you: Misery or adventure? What will your voyage be?
Here are some simple things to remember, something we often take for granted in our pursuit of better travel tools, navigation aids, tips, new courses, new transport, exotic places.
The market is so full of products and services to help us out in our journey, that often these things are just put aside for more colorful and attractive options.
1. Make a Travel Map
With a map, you have the best chance of passing through the places that will interest you. You can't buy the plan.
No one has ever had your journey before, so you have to draw your own. It will end up as a reverse diary, looking at what will happen tomorrow, not what happened today.
There is nothing you can do about the history and everything you can do about what lies ahead.
2. Get a Primary Navigation System
Nothing too complicated. First, get a notebook, so you don't lose this. Forget the jargon, the intricate frameworks, and programs. Just sit down and make your own.
You know how to create lines and shapes and write. Let your imagination go. What you can imagine, you can do. Go to the start point for this new voyage.
Now, think for a minute. This journey is not a powerboat trip. You are in a sailboat, winds change, and you have to go with them. Tides, currents, and rogue waves. You have to adjust for them all, but if you know very generally the experiences you want to have and the people and places you want to see, you will accommodate the rudder to keep you moving in the direction you want.
What are these experiences you want?
What environments do you want to experience?
What adventures seem interesting?
Write them all down. See the links. Are there clusters?
3. Adjust the Rudder
Is your flopping around now going to give you these things? If not, how can you adjust the rudder, given the wind, the waves, and your navigation aids? Hey, talk to the other passengers. Speak to your family. They might be amazed!
4. Give Yourself a Break
Often, we forget the essential part of living is doing the map for ourselves and our families. Stop. Look up. Look around. Where are you? In what country (real or imaginary) are you?
Enjoy the moment. Sit down and be aware and conscious of what is going on within you and in the world. In our hurry, we miss so much. We get into such a frenzy that we can't even enjoy the very people we want to make happy.
We don't listen to the sound of silence. Instead, we fill our lives with noise.
5. Welcome the New and the Unexpected
Often, we protect ourselves from any of these. We want our lives undisturbed.
We insulate ourselves from what is unique because it threatens us. So the break gives us some time to prepare ourselves to encounter the new, conquer our fears, and provide space for the new experience.
6. Pack Light!
Many times, we take a new route, but we bring all the luggage. Just in case something happens. Something will happen now that you are ready and open, and your baggage in your mind will get in the way.
Keep your experience, but abandon most baggage.
7. Listen to Your Restlessness
It is another word for awareness and readiness for change. Look in the paper for short seminars or courses on things that interest you.
Get a book that talks to you about change and moving in life. Look at stages.
Read about others that have thrived on life as a travel experience.
8. Enjoy the Scenery
Some people spend so much time planning the next trip that they never do see the joy of the one they are taking now.
Suddenly, the journey is over, and they never visited anything. They just got to the destination.
As you journey,
9. Share the Road
Help those who need your help on the way.
Respect the things you see around you.
The more you give away, the more will come back to you. I am not a flower child -- this works.
10. Enjoy the Company
Share and celebrate life with the people you meet on the road. You might never see them again as they are on a journey, too.
Connect with those you meet on the way. More and more, you will see how interconnected we all are.
And remember, there is a world of difference between being alone and being lonely.
Don't ever let the movement of the mob be confused as part of your life's journey.
Start now! Get the notebook. Live the adventure. You get one go around!
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