When You Aspire

Today I got to thinking about what it means to aspire.

I think of aspiration as something that supports you to get from A to B when the pathway isn’t so clear.

While aspiration may exist thanks to inspiration, it also may exist because you were encouraged and/or supported to reach, to grow, to be better than you are, perhaps even better than you had imagined before.

Aspiration encourages and empowers you to feel that possibility is within your grasp.

It may not show you the route, but it does show you that such a route exists.

That you can find it, if you so desire.

And that possibility can be your reality, if you so choose.

The Travel Mindset

I love to travel. You might feel the same way.

For me it’s about a change of pace, releasing myself from the routine, an explosion of ideas, seeing something different, learning from new experiences, moments of extreme focus, quality time with others, time for unadulterated relaxation, and a certain openness to anything that might come up.

In the end, one of the greatest things I find about travel is the mindset we pack and bring with us.

Are you in a similar boat when you travel?

Do you find yourself mentally prepared for just about anything to happen, ready to go with the flow if – and when – it does?

What if we adopted a travel mindset in our daily lives?

What if we brought the same sense of curiosity, adaptability, flexibility, and openness to almost anything we did or encountered?

I’m not sure I’m ready to settle with a blanket statement like: traveling without traveling is the key to true happiness!

But it’s worth thinking about what this mindset might do for us.

60

60

60 is a significant number in time.

For one there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. These are the basic building blocks for the cycles by which we live our lives.

Moving beyond the basics, 60 years is a significant milestone in China.

Some might say once you’ve hit 60, you’ve done it all. You’ve spun around the zodiac wheel five full times, matching your zodiac animal with each of the terrestrial elements – earth, wood, fire, metal, and water.

In other words, it is both the end to a full cycle and the beginning to the next.

Cycles are about rhythm. Writing too.

It takes discipline and patience to write everyday.

Since I started writing in this Finding My Voice Here (FMVH) format, I haven’t been disciplined or patient.

And today is the day to make a change.

I’d like to say I will write everyday for the whole year. But I haven’t had great success with goals like this in the past.

“You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

This line attributed to everyone’s old friend Albert Einstein is one of those quotes that gets regularly tossed around. Perhaps for good reason.

It’s time to adopt a new mindset and new strategy on a project I’ve struggled with since coming back to America in May 2013.

But today is a new day.

And the future is not yesterday, last week, last month, or last year.

I have a choice and will have that choice to write, everyday. I can’t wait to see where I get to after my 60 day cycle.

For me, it will be a significant milestone.

Over the last year I experimented a couple times with 21-day exercises.

The first time in the Spring I failed. The second one in November I succeeded.

Discipline is what that took. A clear ranking of priorities. And more time than I expected.

But isn’t that true of anything worth doing?

Seth Godin sings this tune of daily habits and discipline – showing up day after day, working on something that matters, and shipping it! – almost to the point of being a broken record.

But the thing is, no matter how (or how often) he brings it up in conversation, it is never any less true.

Besides, have all of us followed through on making that concentrated day-in-day-out effort on our work we say matters?

Perhaps it’s worth playing on repeat then, just like the song you may be obsessed with in this moment.

What have you been waiting to do that you could start on today?

Here’s to the start of a new cycle – for you, for me, for us.

See you tomorrow.

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Today’s photo came attached to a blog post about what it means to be 60.

I’m always amazed to find out where the images I like take me.

Lessons about life, love, and loss from the lips of an angel is not what I was expecting with a sign that looks like it could belong on the side of a road.

But, the result – a few life learnings that might just be worth a gander.