Exposure to opportunities is not something to be late for …
We’ve many times missed opportunity-trains, witnessing cabooses disappear …
We’ve lost opportunities for good, forever, by being asleep, uninformed, unexposed.
Most things and most people are completely unknown to us.
Oceans, continents, and 7 billion people you don’t know much about. Those who’ve travelled extensively, lived in faraway places – and those who study such things – cannot fully explain anything, can they?
Nobody is diverse enough in our reality, grasp or views to be representative.
We are haves or have-nots.
Those who have not, who have no wanting (or expectation) to have.
Those who have – protecting dearly what they have from those who might take it away from them. Nations do this, corporations, competing retail shops, work-groups within employers, friends, neighbours and families – everybody’s doin’ it …
If we turned things upside down – not permanent change, just temporary upheaval, like digging in couch-cracks for change, finding surprises – dig into someone else’s brain.
Imagine what you might find.
What you imagined? If we are open to listening, to paying attention, to understanding – we’ll find something else entirely.
Once you’ve tried it a few times – amazed by results – you will find nothing as much fun, nothing more exhilarating (well, almost .. but you get my meaning), nothing more worthy of your time invested in it, wasted on it, squandered and spread all around on it.
We can’t explore whole world in many lifetimes, wherever our sails take us, but we can explore someone by simply asking to come ashore in their life.
Who have you explored lately?
Or have not?
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 16C / 61F, a few clouds, trickle of a breeze. I wore shorts this morning instead of my usual sweats – but Gusta seemed to need to visit all that mosquito infested tall grass, so we turned that walk into a light jog. Another splendid day awaits …
Agreed. Interesting: on Canada Day our son-in-law was visiting from Texas; his comment? – “it was a quiet day”. No doubt he will participate more fully in the patriotic fervour of his homeland when he returns there on Friday. I didn’t apologize for the quiet way we Canadians celebrate our freedom and diversity, and he didn’t seem to feel the need to hear that anyway. It was a nice day, KK, Calgary