There’s a book on my shelf called, “How to Be An Explorer of the World” by Keri Smith. I’ve had it for quite awhile. I bought it after reading a review on it but only opened my copy once, when I first purchased it. I remember flipping through the pages, excitedly, and then putting the book away despite my clear proclivity toward the material inside.
I didn’t have time.
Who has time to stop, jump off the hamster wheel of their day, and observe the world around them, piece by piece, from different angles?
Oh I know. People who want to understand their lives better. Who want to get clearer on their purpose.
People like me. Except not me because I’m too busy.
It seems like everybody I talk to is searching for what they should be doing next in their lives. Many of us have kids leaving home for college and are feeling a bit adrift. We want to know what is next. But we don’t want to do just anything. We want to do something meaningful. Something that will bring us joy. Something that will bring us closer to understanding who we are at our core. Something that we will feel passionate about.
Often, fear holds me back from figuring it out. What if I go in the wrong direction? What if I make a mess of things? What if I spend a lot of time doing something that I end up not wanting to do?
I know myself well enough to know that the best way to move forward is to take tiny steps. To do simple things that help me to envision a bigger picture.
I like to explore my surroundings, get a feel for my environment before committing to something new.
What better reason to finally open the book, “How to Be An Explorer of the World.”
As I flipped through the book, I came across a quote, which resonated so deeply with me that I wanted to share it with all of you.
“Everything has a value, provided it appears at the right time. It’s a matter of recognizing that value, that quality, and then to transform it into something that can be used. If you come across something valuable and tuck it away in your metaphorical suitcase there’s sure to come a moment when you can make use of it.” –Jurgen Bey
And then, one more quote, this one a clue as to why exploration will be so valuable to me (and perhaps you) as I find my way to where I am going.
“Before familiarity can turn into awareness the familiar must be stripped of its inconspicuousness; we must give up assuming that the object in question needs no explanation. However frequently recurrent, modest, vulgar it may be it will now be labeled as something unusual.” –Bertold Brecht
If you’re interested in a copy of Keri Smith’s book, you can purchase it here (link to How To Be An Explorer of the World.) Or you can just stop by my house and take a look at my copy.
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