Try Something New
"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic."Annie Dillard
I remember seeing Dr. Joyce Brothers on TV as a kid and thinking she was REALLY smart (she used big words I didn't understand) and wondering why she always seemed so serious. I'm just familiar enough with Dr. Brothers that when I heard she died this week, I clicked through to her obituary in The Hollywood Reporter.
From this article, I learned that the good doctor got her start by appearing on the game show the $64,000 Question and won the show on the topic of boxing.
Boxing?! I thought, WHY boxing?
As it turns out, the producers of the show thought it would be interesting for a woman to be an expert in boxing, so Dr. Brothers decided to study up on the subject. Not only did she win the show, she was then given the chance to be a color commentator during a CBS Boxing match. This started the rest of her TV career as the first, and most successful, "media psychologist."
All because she decided to learn something about boxing.
This is remarkable to me and reminds me to continue to push to learn something new. What about you?
Have you tried anything new this week?
A new food?
A different route to work?
Have you talked to someone you generally don't interact with?
Have you made a new friend?
Is there a new craft you've tackled or skill you've tried?
Have you held your tongue when you usually speak quickly?
Did you empower your kids to tackle something you usually do for them?
Did you send the note, make the phone call, or text some encouragement out?
Have you followed your routine or have you broken out of the "typical"? How have you stretched your muscles to GROW? Remember, the days add up and your life will reflect the series of small decisions you make every day.
There's still a couple of days left in the week, so try something different.
Give yourself an hour, or ten minutes to PLAY at something you've never done before. You don't know where it could lead!