I am reminded every day to expand my mind, my thinking, and my understanding of the world simply by seeing by brother’s updated posts on Facebook whilst he is across the world on an archeological dig. It’s humbling and inspiring all at the same time.
Right now he is working based in Jerusalem, Israel, but his Facebook posts tell me that he is playing around in Petra, Jordan. The funny thing about foreign destinations and travel that it doesn’t matter how many times I have seen pictures in National Geographic Magazine or on TV, a destination becomes really real when you have an actual visual of someone you know and love in the scenery itself or when you know it was them who snapped the picture that takes your breath away.
There really is no excuse for any of us not to expand or explore. I am in Ladysmith, Virginia but have been challenged into forward thinking thanks to the experience of someone else. Translate: you don’t need to be able to travel to Petra, Jordan in order to be inspired by Petra.
I love seeing the images and snapshots that my brother takes on his trips, for I know that they are only tiny slivers of the experience and vision of the world that he has while he is abroad. I know that the still frame that I see is only a drop in the ocean of true exploration, but that is exactly the point: exploration should never stop. You will never know enough about yourself, about your faith, about your partner, about your hobby, or whatever it is that you want to master. There is an innate human need for exploration, but too many of us are scared to allow ourselves to expand, to rock the boat, or to be challenged. There is really nothing to lose in exploring except fear itself. Take a risk and expand your understanding of everything — stretch your grasp on the world and on yourself and you will find yourself grassy meadows in the dessert of life.
Never stop exploring in your life, and I do mean exploring within your own self and outside of yourself. When you seek to discover beauty, you will never be disappointed, for the world is full of wonder beyond our comprehension, as are we. Never stop exploring your own purpose, for your future and potential is only limited by the limitations that you set upon yourself.