I love a good challenge. I’m never going to hike Mt. Everest or run an Ultra-Marathon, but something that pushes me a tiny bit or even a bigger bit outside my comfort zone gets me going. I like to test myself. I was always a good student. I wasn’t the smartest or the most talented, but I knew how to study, to work, I was an excellent try-er. I’d give it my best. I’m sure my parents had something to do with that quality since I don’t remember ever making a conscious decision to be a good student. It’s just who I was.
Once you’re a grown up, there aren’t any more quizzes or tests to take – at least not the kind that come with a grade or at least a pass/fail option. Sometimes it’s not easy to know how well you’re doing. There are plenty of days when I wish my life came with a syllabus. I would love to know what I’m supposed to do next. Figuring it out on my own seemed exciting in the beginning. I can see the sheen in my own kids’ eyes when they talk about their plans for the future. But now that I’m living that future, I do wish the next steps could be clearer and the risks didn’t seem so big.
So challenging myself in little ways, lets me test whether I’m still growing, learning, getting better. I’ve shared some of those challenges on my blog – the Try 100 New
Recipes challenge, the Buy Local challenge, the Don It or Donate It challenge. So this year I was trying to imagine a new challenge for myself and coming up blank. And then – lucky me – one landed in my in box. I’ve subscribed to Kindspring.org for several years. They send e-mails with inspiring quotes, good news, and stories of amazing people who are helping the world. Last week’s e-mail introduced the 21 day Simple Living Challenge. Signing up meant they would send me a new challenge EVERY DAY! My kind of people! I’m three days in to this challenge and so far I’m rocking it. Todays challenge is to clean out my e-mail inbox. Whoa. Sounds simple, but tangling with that mess will most likely drive me to distraction all day. You know what? I’m up for it!
Am I up for 18 more days of this? We’ll find out. Do I even know what it entails? Nope! That’s not the point. The point is that we all need to keep challenging ourselves to be better. We are never finished growing up. What kind of challenge can you take on?
This week’s Live Intentionally Challenge: Take on a Challenge! Feel free to jump on board with Kindspring’s challenge, take me up on my weekly challenges on this blog, adopt a challenge from my book, or design one of your own.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
If you want to learn more about living intentionally, you can buy my book by the same title. It's full of challanges, in fact, I counted them and there are 270 challenges in all! Click here to get your own copy!