“How To Be An Explorer Of The World
1. Always Be LOOKING (notice the ground beneath your feet.)
2. Consider Everything Alive & Animate
3. EVERYTHING Is Interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter Your Course Often.
5. Observe For Long Durations (and short ones).
6. Notice The Stories Going On Around You.
7. Notice PATTERNS. Make CONNECTIONS.
8. DOCUMENT Your Findings (field notes) In A VAriety Of Ways.
9. Incorporate Indeterminacy.
10. Observe Movement.
11. Create a Personal DIALOGUE With Your Environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace Things Back to Their ORIGINS.
13. Use ALL of the Senses In Your Investigations.”
― Keri Smith,
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Some people go through life blind,deaf and dumb. It is not that they are physically in this state but they go through life existing rather than living.What is the difference between living and existing? Read on and check whether you are existing or living.
learn to see, observe, play and live
The world is made up of varieties in tongues, objects, races, figures and situations. Life as we know it is too complex and consists of many things. Its environment and constituents are made for us to recognise, observe, care for and use very wisely. In order to do this, we must first recognise what our world is. This is not the only thing we need to do. We need to observe because it is only through this that we can understand the situation we are in our life, our environment and the interrelationship existing between them. To live effectively in our world, we must open our eyes and understand nature and the environment. Our world is like a room or a guesthouse. We may not be able to use the guest house efficiently without understanding the placement of things, location of rooms and the things within the guest house. This will help us to have knowledge of its nooks and crannies so that we can maintain, manage and achieve our purpose for entering the guest house.
In life and within our existence, we need to observe and learn lessons that we are expected to learn in this world. As individuals, we will also not develop or improve ourselves if we do not observe. There is need for us to observe in order to interpret, collect information and at most times find explanation for things, happenings or incidents which we cannot understand or explain. The observation of such may give us clues. Our ‘world’ while needing serious and formal action and activities is not expected to be totally serious every time. As individuals we are not expected to have a perpetual frown, close our eyes and take everything that comes to us like a bitter pill. If we think the world is a tragedy, we will always come across the tragic aspect of life but if we take life as a comedy, we will learn the lesson that there is the need to live, enjoy, play and laugh at the absurdities of life. Life and the world created for us by the Creator are interesting and exciting. Our inability to explore the variety and see the lighter side of life makes it impossible for us to live, love and understand ourselves. As someone who intends to live life to the full, we must learn to play, feel free, be simple and humble. We need humility because every time we compare our strengths and qualities to that of nature, we always find out how puny we are. To be free and develop our potentials, we must be unhindered, as our Creator wants us to be. We must live rather than exist.
All the above develops our self-concept positively. They help us not only to cope with life but also to come to terms with life and the world in which we find ourselves. When we live positively and exhibit a positive self-concept, we are able to bring out our potentials and through this give thanks to the person who made us the way we are. When we live, we see the effects in our lives and also in our relationship with others. This develops our interpersonal relationships and increases our interpersonal communication.