The Secret to Keeping Life Exciting
You know that exciting feeling when things are new? When you start a new relationship, move to a new city, or start a new job, everything is fresh. Staying present is easy. If you’re a traveller, it’s that feeling we thrive on, where every tidbit of life is fascinating–going to grocery stores, foreign languages on garbage cans, how trees sway. It’s like your consciousness bursts open and you can observe the beauty of the world. More so, when things are new and exciting, fearful thoughts remain quiet. Who doesn’t thrive on that?
Then things shift… the grocery store is just a place you get food; garbage cans become gross again; trees, what trees? And fear–welcome back!
Last week, I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. Just like when I quit my job, the first week was the most delicious experience. I woke up early to hike, worked in a different coffee shop everyday, yoga-ed with awesome teachers, and walked along the beach in awe. I even enjoyed the traffic!
The magical newness of LA has hardly dissipated after a week, but I do notice normalcy and fear creeping back in. What will happen after a month, a year, or even five years? Will I take the sun for granted?!
Perhaps you’ve been at your job for ten years–is it still exciting? Often, starting anew isn’t an option, so how can you reignite your fascination and maintain your excitement without quitting or up-rooting your life?
You have a choice with everything that you do. It can take one of three forms:
Consider how each of these choices feel. The Inferior Choice contracts you mentally, physically, and spiritually, blocking that thriving fascination with life. In stark contrast, The Superior Choice opens up your pores to growth and love.
How do you shift into The Superior Choice? How do you keep your life exciting?
Start repeating, “That’s interesting.”
With all of your senses, begin to feel and think with interest. What is there to see in this experience? That’s interesting. What is there to learn from my boss yelling at me? That’s interesting. By viewing everything with interest, the world will open up to show you it’s potential. Grocery stores become wonderlands of possibility, garbage cans have culture, and trees come alive.
Maybe someday I will start to take the sun for granted. For now, I’m going to thrive in the excitement of this new phase and continue to make the traffic interesting…
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