My dear friend, David, said something important to me that helped me re-frame my view of the hum drums of everyday life.
“I see everything as an adventure. Even the seemingly mundane things like going to the grocery store.”
I just love that perspective. What if I looked at the daily routine as an adventure? What could I re-frame to turn the boring routine into an adventure? When you think about it from that perspective, then you can:
- Shop at the grocery store, and find things to discover. You can have a fun interaction with the cashier clerk, or people watch.
- Commute to work, and notice the unfolding of people’s lives all around you. Be grateful for being mobile and independent. Will you encounter something interesting along the way?
- Cook dinner mindfully, by taking little extra moments to smell, touch and observe your food. Think about where your food came from, and the travels it had to get to you in this moment.
- Use your morning routine of getting up in the morning, brushing your teeth & showering as a time to realize that your life awaits you each day, and that every day is actually unique if you pay attention to it.
Don’t let life pass by unnoticed.
Personally, one of the most treasured things I experience in life is the meaningful interactions I have with people. Even if it’s a short few minutes, to make connections with people is what gives me energy. I like to notice and treasure these moments amidst an otherwise ‘boring’ day. For example, while walking down the same old hallway at work I wonder ‘who will I see?’
Every comment or email I get through this blog is also a treasure to me, so feel free to email me at TheCalmMonkey@gmail.com anytime just to say hi, or share a thought you have below.
Have an adventurous day.