I sometimes think that having an adventure must involve extraordinary effort (like mountain climbing), or a long and perhaps expensive trip. But life itself is truly an adventure. When you stop and think about it, each time we head out the door, adventure could be around the corner. It is really a matter of adventure. It is a matter of your perspective or mindset. Our daily lives and efforts can be thought of as an adventure, given the proper mindset!
Sometimes you just have to be adventurous. You try out for a play, interview for a new job, write a story, paint a picture, paint a room a new color–all without a 100% guarantee that it will work out perfectly and exactly the way you want it to. Sometimes it is a raging success other times … not so much. But at least you tried something. At least you gave it a shot~the story and the adventure is the ATTEMPT.
Now each of us at times faces severe and quite unfair limitations and has been handed an almost unbearable number of “nos”. That is when you MUST continue pushing forward and trying. To cower in the corner afraid that you will always be second best pretty much guarantees that you will be. Although it feels like that is safety because you aren’t risking being told no and being disappointed, it is actually far worse. Why? Because you have told yourself you aren’t good enough to even try. Don’t be that guy that doesn’t try! Try!
It can be so exciting to dust yourself off after a failure and try once again. After all, this next time could be the time it works, right? We all get discouraged. Sometimes it looks hopeless to keep trying. You get so sick of falling short. It is in the refusing to try again that we actually fail. I have a tendency to want to be sure things will turn out the way I want them to before I even begin. You know how it is; you weigh the pros and cons and try to predict outcomes with a degree of certainty. But that is not how life works, is it?
There are many things I am trying to learn these days. Some of those things are subjects I have tried to learn before, but didn’t finish learning all of the material. I look at it this way: I was a far more motivated learner when I went back for my master’s degree than when I was an undergrad. Now I know more than ever how important it is to learn things. I know, too, that I must take care of my health. That includes my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If there are days that I feel adrift it is because on those days I am adrift!
A true adventure for me is to develop a plan each day. That may sound convoluted to you. It may be that you think that to be adventurous means to be spontaneous. But in reality, in my case, it is important to have a plan. You see, having a plan, a map if you will with a route planned, allows the adventure to happen. I don’t mean I plan out every moment of each day. Instead, I may pick out a goal or general strategy for a particular day. Then I may identify a few things to help me reach it.
Would I sail around the world without a route map? Of course not! If I did, it is more likely to be a disaster than an adventure. None of us wants to run their little skiff aground and be stranded on the rocks.We want to sail straight on across the seas, the wind in our faces or at our backs. Hop on board ~ bring your map and make God your captain. It will be an adventure…..and a very sweet one at that!