“Though the road's been rocky it sure feels good to me.”
― Bob Marley
About three weeks ago, I embarked on another one month journey of discovery. I like to try new things out and have a list of 23 similar journeys that should still keep me busy until midyear as I normally have multiple of these running concurrently. Some of the journeys (or projects, but that sounds so boring and work-like) I have already done for the year was to be less reliant on technology (in particular social media things). Another was to cut sugar out for an entire months (also failed at this but not from a lack of trying, the stuff is just everywhere).
Though I failed at all of them at some point in time, they still made me aware of the impact these things have in our lives, for better or for worse. Because you start asking "What happens when I take this away??". It is a surprisingly fun game to play and a great teacher about how human nature works (or doesn't work it seems).
Thing is even in failure, they all have a lasting effect at the end of the month. You exit on the other side of the 30 days, with a more balanced approached. The awareness it instills, lets you cut back on these, mostly, bad habits long after the next journeys are embarked upon.
My one current journey is quite simply to not complain about anything for 30 days, or encourage it in anyway. The first few days was still relatively simple to get through. I, as I'm sure a lot of other people, didn't think I complained a lot in life. Ignorance is bliss it seems. This is by some degree the most challenging project I have done for this year so far. I dare you try this and let me know how you are doing in a week or two's time. It is in over supply in the world as it is. Or maybe it's just me but I doubt it. As with the sugar habit, I've discovered complaining, is everywhere. Yet most things society (and myself) complain about, is in our power to change. It is just your choice at the end of the day.
Which got me thinking about the following. When last did you focus on the awesomeness of something or someone? How many times do we tend to complain for every one thing that is already awesome? You have to make a choice which one it will be you focus on. Sorry but our brains just cannot handle focusing on the positive and negative at the same time in life. The negative will blind you to the awesomeness that is already out there if you let it.
As my current 23 journeys are drawing to an end, I think the questions should be "What happens if I do more awesome things??". I already have a few of them in mind. Positive things which would would have a significant impact. Not always big impacts, but significant nonetheless.
What awesomeness journeys have you embarked upon and what have you learned?
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