Explorer

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Aesop

“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” — Denis Waitley

“To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food.” — Frederick E. Crane

On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson received the permission to send Lewis and Clark on a mission of discovery. Their goal was to explore uncharted territories, to learn about the West and to find the passage to the Northwest. Beyond the Mississippi was a mystery, it was the unknown land, it was where Indians lived and perhaps the Wooly Mammoth.

Lewis and Clark had to have great courage to face the obstacles that would challenge their expedition.

Our lives are like that Lewis and Clark expedition. We want to discover, we want to experience, and we want to live fully. Imagine the courage it took to face each day not knowing what you would see around the next bend in the Missouri River. Would you face sickness, weather, or the environment as each day progressed. Lewis and Clark experienced the wild; they lived in it and were challenged by it.

What are the necessary attributes to explore?

Courage

Destiny – Destination

Openness to change

Curiosity

Endurance

Vision

Transparency

Encouragement/Encourager

Are these the same attributes we need in the world we live in today? What makes those attributes important? How do those attributes inform you? How do you define those attributes? What other attributes does one need to perform in today’s world?

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2 responses to “Explorer

  1. I would like to add one more to the list just to call attention to it:

    Selflessness

    This could fall under Courage, Destiny and even Vision but I think having it as it’s own can highlight for some folks what it may also mean to explore.

    Exploration doesn’t have to be in the old-world sense where people braved new physical environments and challenges but can differ for each person today.

    Is exploring for you learning something new? Understanding your higher calling? Understanding yourself better? Going forth to help those less fortunate?

  2. Exploring in today’s world will likely not contain undiscovered patches of earth but rather undiscovered areas of the soul. The risks are nearly the same – facing the unknown, being willing to take risks and having the courage to change your plans.

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