Dec. 17: Try something new

Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut. The familiar can be safe and comfortable, but at times, it can also be frustrating. If you are feeling unsettled, yet you are not sure what to do, you may find trying something new is the nudge you need.

If you always take the same path, you may miss subtle changes in the landscape, literally and metaphorically. Instead of going right, go left. Cross the street to the other side instead of sticking to the sidewalk. Pick a romance instead of a mystery, or fiction vs non fiction. Read a book instead of watching a tv show. Try yoga instead of skipping.

Photo by Brendan Church on Unsplash Image shows one way signs pointing in different directions.

Routines can be very helpful for simplifying daily tasks and reducing the stress of choice. However, trying something new can give you a boost of energy. The mother of a friend of mine was always fond of telling us “a change is as good as a rest,” and she was right. The changes don’t have to be huge; small tweaks forward, what the Japanese call kaizen as steps to continuous improvement, can make a difference. Remember, your life is not a one-way street.

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