When I was a kid I would "go exploring."
I'd tell my parents "I'm going to go exploring" and then I would walk all around the neighborhood (often with one or both of my sisters), finding thrill in all the new things we saw, the people we talked to, and the unknown behind every corner.
Exploring was a part of daily life.
What the hell happens to us that we grow up and reserve "exploring" for weekends now and then, or never?
Exploration is not an activity, but a state of mind.
Exploring somewhere new and beautiful is an awesome experience, but we can explore right now in our own neck of the woods and find just as much novelty and excitement.
You don't need a map to start exploring.
Just yesterday I went exploring on my street, and saw, heard, and smelled a bunch of things I haven't noticed before. Just within 1 block.
Whenever I need to hit the reset button in the middle of the day at work, I explore Portland's Kenton neighborhood (near the Green Zebra World HQ). I walk around without a phone and take it all in.
There is one guy, who is always in his garage, door open, listening to the radio, and either sitting in a chair or tinkering around. He has been there 100% of the times I have passed his house.I think about him and his life. Occasionally we nod to each other. Then I move on.
There are the porch sitters, that nice narrow street, those funny front yard ornaments, that cool ADU, the crazy dog, the flowers that have come and gone, the gardens which are different each time I pass.
Then I come back, refreshed and rejuvenated by my 20 minute exploration.
But it's too fun, and I don't want it to stop. So I go exploring at work, right in my office.
Why are we doing this? No seriously, why? Let's explore our reasoning.
What can we do to make this function better? Let's explore that possibility.
How can I improve those interpersonal dynamics? Let's do a little social exploration.
Can we come up with a creative solution to the roadblock so we can close this deal? Probably, let's explore how we do that.
We can't all be Shackleton, but we can all explore.
Let's go exploring today.
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