08
Apr

the edge of adventure


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An “adventure “is an exciting or unusual experience.

It is a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.

The ancient people of Polynesia in the south Pacific used outrigger canoes to embark on great adventures across vast distances on the ocean.

Even though they lived on islands, such canoes eliminated their isolation.

Imagine manually paddling your way across an ocean with a wooden paddle.

I took the canoe picture the last time I was on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

This canoe was parked on the beach ready for its next adventure.

We all get ingrained into our life patterns.  These patterns are hard to break out of.

They isolate us on our own personal islands.

They cause us stress, anxiety and sleepless nights.  They dull our senses and our energy.

How many times have you looked at your phone or tablet today?

Did you ignore the interesting people around you?

Eleanor Roosevelt said “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

Are your stuck on your own isolated personal island?

What kind of adventure are you up for?

Would saying “hello” to an actual person be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome for you?

Or would you need to jump out of a plane or into a volcano?

What life patterns would an adventure break for you?

Your canoe is at the beach and ready for you.  Grab your paddle and let’s go.

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.