Thursday, April 6, 2017

A to Z of Happiness: E - Explore #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

Have you ever noticed? Kids are always so much happier than adults! What is the one big difference between kids and grown-ups?

Kids love to explore. They are constantly exposing themselves to new things and new experiences. Grown-ups, on the other hand, like to stick with the tried and tested, the familiar, the comfortable, the well-beaten path.



In order to be truly happy and to enjoy life, we need to be like kids. We need to let out our adventurous side. We need to allow ourselves to stray away from the beaten path and try something new every once in a while. Here are a few things we should be open to exploring.


Four Things We Should Be Ready To Explore


Explore New Ideas

The world is a huge place with so much to offer. Most of the time, we don't bother to look beyond the obvious. We never bother to scratch below the surface.

"Think out of the box". We've heard it so many times, but how many people actually DO think out of the box?

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I'm going to refer to M. S. Dhoni again. During tough situations in a match, he pulls out fresh ideas like rabbits out of his magic hat, e.g., bringing Virat Kohli out to bowl!

There is an ocean full of ideas, and all we need to do is go fishing!


Explore New Opportunities

When I was hired as a Technical Support Executive for Dell, I had no prior experience or training of computer hardware. I only knew of software installation and computer programming. I decided to explore the opportunity that had presented itself before me, and I discovered later that I was good at the job.

I opened my store also without any prior business experience, and I would say I'm doing pretty okay at it, considering the fact that about half a dozen other businesses, that opened in my neighborhood around that time, have either shut down or relocated.

Life presents strange opportunities to us at times. It is up to us whether we give them a try or not.


Explore New Methods

Have you ever left a baby with food? He'll stare at it, poke it, drop it, smash it, play ball with it, stuff it under the sofa cushions, and rub it in his hair. He'll do everything with it and... maybe... even eat it!

I'm not suggesting you do the same, but there can be more than one way of doing things. There's actually a book on 365 Ways To Cook Eggs! (Check it out on amazon.com or amazon.in.)

We may have been doing something a particular way throughout our life. That doesn't mean that we cannot try any other way. One approach may not work, but the next one just might. Remember those maze puzzles we solved as kids? No need to despair without trying a new method.


Explore New Perspectives

We usually tend to go by first impressions, whether we're dealing with situations in life or people. We look at something, read the first interpretation that comes to our mind, and hold it as the truth. Rarely do we stop to look at it from a different angle or viewpoint.

But we forget: even a dice has six different faces. Life and people are so much more multi-dimensional and multi-faceted than a dice.

So just pause to look at your problems and worries from a different perspective. (Recommended reading: Live Life: Find A New Perspective) You might realize your problems are actually blessings in disguise.


It is easy to fall into our comfort zone and remain there, but life gets stagnant there after a while, and it becomes difficult to find happiness in the same old day-to-day routine of doing things. Opening ourselves to newer experiences brings an element of freshness in our life and infuses it with renewed joy and vigor. It also brings a sense of achievement at having tried something new, which leaves us feeling more positive.

How do you add the element of newness in your life? Do you like to explore new ideas and opportunities? Or do you like to stick with the old and comfortable?

This is my fifth post for AtoZ2017.

I have completed this challenge once before, and published it as a kindle ebook.
You can get it on amazon: A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.

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66 comments:

bellybytes said...

I always wondered how teenage boys particularly knew everything about computers and realised that they knew nothing. They were just willing to explore .

Sunila Vig said...

Beautifully crafted post Chicky and not to worry I read it slowly and surely too. Interesting that I am teetering on the edge of taking a plunge into doing something all by myself and let us see if reading thru helped :)

http://www.sunilavigauthor.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/karna-for-k-for-a-to-z-challenge.html

Rajlakshmi said...

I absolutely loved your example of baby poking the food. Indeed just because we are told and taught something doesn't mean that's the only way. And again, kudos to you for owning your own store :)

A Whimsical Medley
Twinkle Eyed Traveller

Kala Ravi said...

How true is that! We never realize when that sense of exploration, the childish curiosity and the amazement of a discovery leaves us. Life, responsibilities, chores and more leave us with little time for that....call it a matter of priorities. Good pointers from you on how to add newness to one's life. But 365 ways of cooking eggs...whew wonder who compiled that! Cheers ;)
@KalaRavi16 from
Relax-N-Rave

G Angela David said...

This post was for me dear; this year I declared the word for me would be "Explore" agree with you. I have become very comfortable and have stopped exploring... thanks for encouraging me to keep moving on.. I have begun well, bought a couple of books to read this year; explored eating something that I did not do before.. always preferred south Indian dishes, just yesterday I broke rule and ate lunch at sub way, first time that too all by myself and I would like to continue exploring this whole year on travel,lifestyle, academics and also play..thanks for inspiring, it was so nice to read your post.. loved the quote:)

Ls said...

So true. Thankfully, in my job, I hv to pick up new stuff everyday. And my boys keep me on my feet.

the little princess said...

yep...as we grow we try to stick to the beaten path for fear of being ridiculed and failing. I guess the child in us has to come out if we truly need to be happy.

Geets said...

And you this adventurous soul in me never lets me be at rest! There is constantly something or the other going on in my head that I want to try and things that I'm missing out in life and stuff that I can really do but am not doing!

It sometimes kill my inner peace of mind. But yes, having some adventure in life is surely important.

Cheers
Geets

Chicky Kadambari said...

LOL! Bellybytes, teenage boys know everything about everything! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

What is it, Sunila? What are you venturing on your own? Please tell! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Exactly, Raji! It's not the only way!
Thank you, dear! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Kala, that must have been someone who just loves to explore! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

That is truly wonderful, G angela! We must all keep our inner child alive by taking on new things. I wish you all the best for your journey of discoveries this year! Hugs! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's good, LS. We must keep learning as long as we live.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Princess - the child within has to come out and live if we want to be truly happy. And for that child, fear of failure is not an option!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Geets, you're at the other end of the spectrum then? :D

Claire Annette said...

This is a great post - exploring makes life a grand adventure!

Tracy S said...

Right now I am trying to explore new ideas and new perspectives. It is hard sometimes to remember to step back so that you can see more, but always rewarding when I do :)

Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

Shilpa Garg said...

It is actually our comfort zone that prevents us from exploring more in life. We should strive to enlarge our comfort zone and it should be a frequent process. I'd like to cook eggs in 365 ways!

Mars said...

Explore is one of my favourite things to do! I hope life is a little less crazy for you now, thanks for popping by during the A to Z, it was nice to "meet" you.

Mars xx
@TrollbeadBlog from
Curling Stones for Lego People

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thanks Claire! It sure does!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Tracy... it's all about perspective, isn't it?

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Shilpa. We could achieve so much more in life if we dared to step outside our comfort zone.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Same here, Mars. Thanks for dropping by! :)

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Very much agree with this one. It is so energising when we explore new ideas and perspectives

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Swathi Shenoy said...

So true it is. Kids are never aid of failures and they don't get scared at the aspect of exploring new things and new opportunities. But as we grow up and become self conscious, the fear of unknown and failure plagues us. And we never dare to explore much out of our comfort zone!

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Kalpanaa M said...

Exploring this wonderful world we live in is a super way to stay happy. Lovely, detailed blog post.
Exhaustion #Lexicon of Leaving

Operation Awesome said...

Great post. It's wonderful to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking. Love the image quote as well.

Shilpa Garg said...

Explore we must... new thoughts, new ideas, new ways of doing things, for our growth and development and much more. But more often than not, we get stuck to our old tried and tested pattern and do not want to step outside our comfort zone.

Menaka Bharathi said...

True, we need to keep exploring, otherwise we will be left behind in this everchanging world.
Launching SIM Organics This April

*Menaka Bharathi *

*SimpleIndianMom*

Suzy said...

We should let our inner child surface now and then. Children have such a sense of curiosity and adventure about them. And they find it in the simplest of things.

Leanne said...

Every one of these points is so true - if we don't step out of our comfort zones and explore new ideas and challenge ourselves then we end up stagnating and becoming really boring people - part of the reason I stepped up and did the Challenge again this year!
Leanne | cresting the hill

jaish_vats said...

You are right, we must take life as it comes the way kids do, laugh at little things and keep exploring...

moon said...

Thats a very positive post. Loved it.
best wishes
Moon
https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

Chicky Kadambari said...

It sure is, Duncan! Thank you for visiting! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

I know, Swathi! Kids are amazing that way! They never fail to impress me at my store! Thank you for stopping by! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Kalpanaa! :)

Vinodini Iyer said...

I loved this post. I have also learnt a lot of skills by simply jumping into a task without prior knowledge on it and have figured my way around it. There's a different charm to learning it that way. :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Operation Awesome! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

True Shilpa. Change does not come easily for most of us. And comfort zones are those safe havens from our fear of the unknown.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh well... I didn't think about it that way, but yes! Hahaha! We will be left behind! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

You are sooooo right, Suzy! There is no end to their curiosity! Yesterday, this kid decided to explore the store section at the back of our shop. Dad went there to get something, and found him sitting on the floor behind the racks, staring intently at the big cardboard sheets on the bottom shelf! I have no idea what he saw in those brown, foul-smelling sheets!

Chicky Kadambari said...

I could never live with being boring, Leanne! I'm glad you decided to participate this year... I'm enjoying your posts! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Retain that sense of wonder, right Jaish?

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you for appreciating it, Moon! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh that's the best way to learn, isn't it? The most self-rewarding? I think I'm happiest when I'm in the middle of a project that requires me to learn something new!
Thank you for stopping by, Vinodini! :D

Sheela said...

True, here we need to learn this from our kids , and if we don't we'll be left behind for sure. Loved reading it.

Sanch Writes said...

I love exploring ideas, opportunities, things...I even move countries and cities to explore further and challenge myself! :P

Etheree - Dreary

Random Musings said...

Kids are so free and adopting some of their mentality can be freeing for adults too. Look for the wonders in life.
And believe anything is possible. Kids think that, because no one has told them otherwise
Debbie

Danielle L Zecher said...

I think I'm a mix of trying new things and sticking with the tried and true. It just depends on what it is, an what kind of mood I'm in.

the little princess said...

I agree...the inquisitive nature we have as kids disappears as we grow up...I think I learnt cooking by exploring it on my own, I even learnt my way around Bengaluru by exploring, getting lost and finding!!

Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

Cheryl said...

It's not the destination, but the journey. I'm lucky as to have found a partner who is willing to push boundaries and explore. My nickname for him is Mr. Here's the Plan Today.
Thanks for exploring and sharing.

lorig said...

Working with young people I see them willing to explore things we adults are afraid to break (for instance cell phones and computers). i realized one of the differences is they have always been there during their growing up years, while as an adult I can remember how expensive some of the first ones were. I learn as much from the kids as they learn from me. The willingness to explore is one of them. Than kyou for sharing your thoughts on this and reminding us of the value of play.

archana said...

Exploring certainly is the way to go. Yet often the old and comfortable hold you back..although age seems to be helping me open to exploring more
Do check out my E post at
https://archanablogs.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/e-for-exhausted-envious-and-empty-empowering-thoughts-from-eckhart-tolle/

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you Sheela! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's one thing I would like to do... explore different countries and cities! Happy blogging, Sanch! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

"Believe anything is possible"! That is so true, Debbie!

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's a good approach, Danielle. We can't be reckless, right?
Thank you for visiting! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

There's a different kind of pleasure in learning by trial and error, isn't there, Princess?

Chicky Kadambari said...

:D :D :D
I love that nickname, Cheryl! :D
Thank you for stopping by!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Very true, lorig. Kids teach us as much as they learn from us.
Thank you for visiting! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hey! That's funny, Archana! Even I find it more irresistible to explore new things as I'm growing older! :D
Thank you for stopping by! :)

Anmol Rawat said...

I totally agree with you. There are so many things I wish I would have done back in time! Especially liked the perspective thing. It's true! Sometimes if you step back a little and see things from a different angle, you can have a whole different opinion.

Chicky Kadambari said...

True, Anmol. We can get a completely different perspective about our situation if we step back a little.

Debbie D. said...

I've always had an inquisitive nature. Keeps life interesting. :) "Thinking outside the box" is good advice. There's generally more than one way to do things.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Being inquisitive can get us into trouble sometimes, but it is SO MUCH FUN, isn't it Debbie? And we get to learn so much!
Thank you for stopping by!

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