Try Something Else

We go through certain stages or times in our lives when circumstance requires us to rebuild aspects of our lifestyle or even start all over again from scratch. Although we don’t always choose when these times will occur, we do need to be willing cast aside what hasn’t been working well. Whether this is an attitude, a technique, or mode of behavior.

Although we might have a vision of how our next chapter of life may unfold, the actual process of beginning something new or starting over feels rather intimidating. However, the time to reboot our lives will come and go. Prime opportunities are perishable–that is, the windows of opportunity will slam shut without notice.

The year 2021 has turned out to be a time to reboot life for many of us. We have had enough of the past and want to move on. Are we ready to try something else?

Now, more than ever before, we have the means to learn new information and skills. When we open ourselves to this wealth of opportunity we become more at home in this chaotic Universe. With barely any effort we can discover hidden talents, interests, and aspects about ourselves. The secret is to concentrate and focus on learning more about what appeals to our hearts, then activate it by actually doing it.

As advisors have told us in the past, we can only grow if we move out of our comfort zones. Some awkwardness and mental discomfort is part of the process of attempting something out of our regular way of doing things, but getting through that incoordination has rewards.

An important step in moving our of the comfort zone is to learn from the past. We don’t want to live in the past, but we can build on the lessons we learned with what we now know so we can avoid repeating past mistakes. By resolving to learn something new every day, we set ourselves up for success. The new knowledge or skill expands the mind. At the very least, this is a wise way to feel refreshed. When the daily grind gets us down, taking in something new reminds us that the world is greater than we imagine. Learning and doing new things recharges the soul.

The act of learning doesn’t have to be serious, the opening of new vistas is not accomplished by pure intellect. We learn by using our instinct to play. Creative minds toy around with concepts and role-play. Have you noticed that when you casually tinker with an interesting object, you effortlessly learn something new? Humans mentally create scenarios in our heads and imagine various outcomes and results. Why not take this trait and transform it into reality?

We also must keep in mind that there will be naysayers who will attempt to divert us from our goals. Whenever people try out something different and new, the mainstream will react with bad reception. People feel threatened when different and new ways of doing and thinking spring up around them. Remember that this is a defense mechanism and not necessarily a personal fault. Knowing this enables us to proceed unshaken by resentments and negativity.

We help ourselves grow by keeping the benefits and pitfalls in proper focus. With that in mind there will be new inspirations, different points of view, different philosophies, and untapped talents to explore. Learning is continuous; why not enjoy the process?

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century illustrator and painter, Norman Rockwell. “The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” 

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An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Try Something Else

  1. Wise words. Its so important to learn from the past and let it go. Change is inevitable and necessary for our survival.

  2. rkrontheroad says:

    This one struck a note with me. I have done that many times during my life – not always when things weren’t working, but when it was time for a change. I find it challenging and invigorating to try something new.

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