After the 4th and Life Resumes
Maybe it is the unexpected gift of COOL early July mornings that has recharged my batteries. I don’t often feel this energized in this particular month of relative heat in our mountain valley.
I imagine, like me, your life has been on hold as folks left town, left the office, took their phones off the hook (there’s a phrase that is vanishing into dusty memory). Twice, we moved during July 4th week, and just try getting a banker, realtor, or lawyer to return your call.
At any rate, after a week on hold for this national holiday, it seems like time to jump back on the moving walkway and enjoy where ever it is that it will take me. Â It’s an uncommon ambitionÂ for summer.
And with that new surge of energy in mind, I point your attention toÂ ten ways to “become an explorer”Â that the posts’ author,Â Maria Popova highlights from Keri Smith’sÂ Â How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum.Â
She describes this new book as “a wonderful compendium of 59 ideas for how to get creatively unstuck by engaging with everyday objects and your surroundings in novel ways. From mapping found sounds to learning the language of trees to turning time observation into art, these playful and poetic micro-projects aren’t just a simple creativity booster – they’re potent training for what Buddhism would call“living from presence” and inhabiting your life more fully.”
You know this resonates with me if you’ve hung around Fragments or read my books. I think I just might come back to these “Ten ways to Be an Explorer” and remind myself and you few readers about how important these small insight-shifts can be,Â especially to forming the life patterns of a young person.