Back in July 2020 I wrote about llamas, and the scientific work around llamas and a cure for the flu. You can read the article here. Much to my surprise llamas were back in the news more recently with a discovery that llamas could provide a cure for covid. And again, I was left wondering, why look there?
It really proves the point that answers, if we really are looking for them, can be found in the most unexpected of places. And it helps if we are open to the possibility of answers coming from anywhere, no matter how strange or unusual the source may be. Because, of course, the reality is that we can learn from every experience, from every moment of every day. Lessons can come from within and without. Ideas and inspiration can be formed in our deepest unconscious, shaped, and formed by what we’ve consciously and unconsciously experienced, analysed, coded, and retained, one day rising to the surface and entering our consciousness, providing us with a way forward.
The more open we are to possibilities, solutions and answers, to new ideas and new ways of thinking, new ways of doing, new ways of being, the greater our choices. It is, without a doubt, the law of requisite variety; those with the greatest number of options with the greatest flexibility have the greatest chance of success. It can only be more, can’t it?
It’s that time of year when many are driven by excitement; the excitement of Christmas, the festivities, and the prospect of a new year. It’s a time when many are planning get-togethers with friends and family, perhaps more so this year given the restrictions in place in 2020. It’s also a time which some find challenging, difficult, almost unwelcome.
And it always reminds me of how infectious excitement, much like laughter, joy, and happiness, can be. It’s also true that when we are driven by excitement we can achieve so much more. Excitement leads us to take another step, and then another, and then one more. Excitement allows us to overcome the challenges, resolve the problems, and learn from the setbacks. Excitement gives us energy.
Remember, then, as you make plans, set yourself goals, and pose challenges, that you need to do so with excitement. If there’s no excitement, it’s almost certain that you’re aiming in the wrong direction, looking for the wrong thing, focussing in the wrong way. Because, when you’re driven by excitement, even if in the end it all turns out differently from what you thought you were heading for, it’s still worth the trip. Which you already know, don’t you?