To explore is to delight in taking a risk. — Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Afoot and Lighthearted.
I admit that as I get older I’m not a big risk taker, probably never was. My wife on the other hand is an explorer at heart. Every dirt or gravel road calls her. I act as her restraining bolt, and she does a terrific job of getting me out of my chair.
Bonnie’s chapter on exploring helps me realize that exploring isn’t limited to mountain climbing, hikes to waterfalls, or traveling down an unmarked road that even the lady who talks to you through GPS doesn’t know where you are. Bonnie explains that the blank page or an empty canvas may present just as much of a challenge and risk as Mt. Everest. We can explore and take risks with a pen or brush just as much as hiking boots.
To paraphrase Bonnie she says, “At the heart of exploration is an eager willingness to abide in the unknowing.” Ask yourself not whether you are going to explore or not, but what vehicle you will use to eagerly seek the unknown.
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