It seems that while we have more power and choice over our lives, we have lost the sense of adventure that is required for real happiness. When we talk with people and walk around a bit, we are stimulating a side of ourselves that has laid dormant. We gain new perspectives and we find empathy for others.
Technology dominates our lives and it is simply too late to ignore the mass connection we all share. However, I don’t think it is out of bounds to encourage people to seek out real, i- person, interactions. It is not crazy to suggest that reading a book or visiting a place of history (without taking a selfie) could be downright cathartic.
The fact is that while we have the benefit of being bubble wrapped and entertained at a moment’s notice, life is rigged in a way that we should be embracing risk. In his book, Wild at Heart, John Etherdige states,
“Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. God rigged the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by faith. A man just won’t be happy until he’s got adventure in his work, in his love, and in his spiritual life.”
Regardless of your stance on faith, life is about adventure. Certainly, we don’t have to swim with sharks or jump the Grand Canyon, but having a conversation with someone from another walk of life might offer a bit of a spark. Maybe a day in the city with a notepad, or reaching out to small business and getting a tour of a new place, would spice things up a bit.
The publishing process gives us license to experience new things. You can ask questions without the bias of solicitation. In turn, you can uncover emotions and establish relationships by being curious. The publishing process provides you the platform to expand your horizons, connect with another part of yourself, and build relationships from a position of trust.
Shift has happened. We are immersed in a new world and while we are still conditioned from the Industrial Age, we are equally conditioned by technology. So, if we are not careful, we may find ourselves with memories that are not our own and a lack of of depth in our souls.
Stand up, look up, and seek. Embrace the publishing process within your business and within your personal life. Talk to people and ask questions without motivation. Uncover their stories and I have a funny feeling you will end up uncovering yours.