The themes over the last couple of weeks have been about moving concepts discussed in previous weeks into ‘real life’. Last week centred on looking at things from a new perspective, and this week on exploring (or imagining) an adventure each day.
This week’s theme has been the most challenging since the start of the blog. I got hung up on the word ‘Adventure’. It got me thinking of the disctinction between lower-case ‘a’ adventure, and capital ‘A’ Adventure.
In my day-to-day, I can work on creating adventures by doing small things like talking to new people, going to a different part of the city, changing an aspect of my behaviour. These all require little time and effort. The results can include a heightened awareness of my surroundings, and a greater openness to new things.
But I wonder if there is a moment when the law of diminishing returns kicks in- going on lower-case ‘a’ adventures generates smaller and smaller results. The novelty wears off. Is that the moment to explore a capital ‘A’ Adventure? Have I arrived at that moment?
It begs the question- what is the content of that capital ‘A’ Adventure? In my books, it must be something completely different from my day-to-day, significant (another word requiring further definition), for my good and the good of others, and a whole heck of a lot of fun.
So to close the week, my adventure of the day is to close my eyes and let my mind wander in a thousand directions to dream up possible Adventures. Perhaps I will land on one to pursue.
Clinging So Tightly
“I always clung so tightly, but to what I could not say.”
She is particular- things have to be just so- the distance between place settings, the fold in the napkins, arrangement of the centrepiece. Guests are coming. If things aren’t perfect, what will they think?
Her social circle is small. Not many meet the standard. Those who do need to be kept within their own tidy box- one never coming in contact with the other. Life is easier that way. Manageable.
Enter children. Three of them. They, also, must be controlled, taught exactly how to behave, where exactly to place things. No room for error.
What will happen when they grow into the ability to enact their own choices and cast off the borders that have been drawn for them? Will she cling so tightly as to break the bonds, or will she learn to let them go?
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