My adventures lately have been less of what I typically considered exploration, and instead have become something unexpected. The initial purpose of creating this blog was to capture our adventures in France; it has now come to chronicle, sometimes sparingly, my life.
Looking back now at those earlier 2005 posts, they seem so far away, yet I remember the moments clearly and can't deny the important impression that experience left on me. What was it about that time that makes me want to return someday?: A complete transformation of my daily life in a new-to-me culture; learning to communicate and function using an entirely different language; focusing and participating in each moment and experience presently, with awe and admiration for its being what it is and nothing more.
If I think about my life, these three things are present in most experiences, until they're not anymore. At which point, I change it up. I don't think I'm seeking intense sensations all the time, but there is something in noticing that I'm motivated by and seek out these things in my life.
I grew and learned a lot in the last three years, and not just related to the mechanics of my job. One aspect of this, was changing from a person who disliked conflict, and avoided it mostly, to someone who seeks it out to try new ways of being in it. I am now looking for ways to expand into my personal life, to learn more about the workings of mediation, facilitation, and conflict, so I can help make things better.
A year. Today. Now.