People need to get out of their safe zones. Eleanor Roosevelt said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” What would challenge you in a new way, or to a new degree?
Growth and change in our lives come at the edges, where we encounter new things or familiar things in a new way. As long as we do what we have always done, we will get what we always got. Yes, there is comfort in routines, in long-held opinions, in the way things have been. But what starts off as a groove can become a rut. No one grows in a rut.
Some people love change and seek variety. Others cringe at the threat that something might change. This is a normal range of human perspective. And yet….
I encourage you to scoot your personal comfort setting just a bit further toward the “change is good” end of the spectrum. This is why:
If we all stay in our usual “places” (in the broadest sense), we will only be able to change the world around us at the same rate we have seen in the past. I think it would be wonderful for the world not just to change but to improve at a faster rate.
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler, 1970, and The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman, 2005, have heralded the increasing pace of change in the world of technology, business, and world economics. We have also seen noticeable changes in world populations and climate. Perhaps you feel that the pace of change in the world has already pushed your comfort gauge up too many notches. Perhaps you are doing things that scare you more often than you like because that is the only way to stay in the game. The rate of change is not likely to slow down. Embrace it and use it to grow, to learn, to make the world a better place – not just different.
Perhaps you are not surprised that I think travel is a wonderful way to try new experiences, encounter a different view of the world.
Everyone needs to see how the sky looks from another place on earth. Is it different? Is it the same? What can you learn from that? I believe strongly that the more we know about how things look and feel and work in another part of the world, the better we will be able to understand the world and our own place in it.
There are too many forces working to divide people against other people. Travel can be a major factor in helping people connect with others. I hope your next trips will help you connect in a new way. This is a wonderful world. Get out there and live in it!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
30 June 2012