The Ponder Effect | What can you do today that’s out of the ordinary?
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What can you do today that’s out of the ordinary?

For many of us, it is Spring Break—that beloved seven days off of school and work, which signify the end of winter and the nearness of summer. Whether you are traveling or at home, whether you are enjoying time off or not quite yet, you can still give yourself a thing of rare but essential beauty: a new experience.

So much of life is the same old, same old. Clock in, clock out. Chauffeur kids to, chauffeur kids from. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. It reminds me of Mr. Prufrock measuring out his life in coffee spoons. He desperately needs a splash of Bailey’s in his cup, and maybe so do we. There is nothing so boring as never doing anything interesting.

So, in the spirit of cultivating the beginner’s mind, let’s ask ourselves what new experience we can give ourselves this week. It doesn’t have to be epic. It doesn’t need to be helicopter skiing. Eating at a new restaurant would suffice. Or cooking with a new spice. Or trying a different workout. Anything so long as it’s out of the ordinary.

What is that thing for you? How did it go?

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3 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    March 18, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    This week, for spring break, we are just exploring a different state. Not a place with a big city or a major attraction, but just a place that has always interested us, with an introduction to new and different food, history, and a way of life.

  • Varina Willse

    March 20, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    This morning, I put down my work and spent 45 minutes drawing a family portrait with my 4-year-old. This probably shouldn’t be out of the ordinary but it is. I was able to be present with her.

  • Anonymous

    March 22, 2018 at 12:03 am

    I get caught in a cycle of telling friends we should get together, then never following up, then lamenting the fact that we never see each other, only to promise to get together again. So today, I broke the cycle by lobbing out a last-minute text asking a dear friend to meet up in the hood for a beer. On a Wednesday. While I normally would have been cooking dinner or overseeing homework, I was instead sipping a cold one while chatting with a loved one. An out of the ordinary very happy hour!