Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly Mental Stretching Challenge

I know we're all busy - but thanks to a friend I got this pretty cool idea about having a once a week challenge to explore and stretch the mind and our perceptions of the world around us. So tune in on Mondays to see the Weekly Challenge and feel free to tell me what happened or even blog about your experiences. :)

Week One:

Do something that makes you MILDLY uncomfortable.

We, as human beings, like to live squarely in our comfort zones. We find ways to get around doing anything that even remotely questions our boundaries. Often, instead of US controlling our boundaries, our boundaries start to control us. We stop interacting with the world and settle for reacting to it.

The only way to break this cycle is to be mildly, or even at times majorly uncomfortable. If we're never uncomfortable, we're not learning. We're not growing as people...and likely, we're not contributing much to the world beyond our inner circle.

This week, pick some way you would like to stretch yourself. This doesn't need to be torture...we'll get to that later. Maybe you've always wanted to try your hand at painting but your self-perceived "horrid" art skills have stopped you from trying. Take a little one day class at the local center! :) Perhaps you have realized you'd like to give back to your community but aren't sure how. Check out any of Volunteer Match or Serve and find something.

Get out there. MEET your neighbors. SMILE at a stranger. GO BEYOND YOURSELF.

And if you fail at it, FAIL FABULOUSLY!

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