They say that moving, divorce, and death are the three hardest things in life.
Why is moving on that dreaded list?
Now I remember.
I spent the past three weeks moving my family from NYC to LA.
Moving is a lot of heavy lifting that reveals not just dusty corners of your old home, but long simmering emotions that got stuck under the clutter.
Moving is a lot of long holds listening to Paula Abdul while waiting for the cable TV operator to give you their best bundle package (Direct TV wasn’t an option)
Moving is a lot of asking yourself, “Do I need 14 plastic water bottles and 12 cable cords and 47 Sports Illustrated from 1985?”
Maybe you too have an amazing capacity to carry stuff with you through years and decades and lifetimes?
Collectibles to pass along to your kids.
Random clothes you cling to in case you ever need something to go with orange.
Kitchen utensils that come in handy for the quadrennial wedding shower you might have in your backyard.
If you looked in your cabinets and drawers, not to mention the recesses of your mind, could you find things to let go of?
You’ve seen and heard it a million times:
The simpler life is very, very revealing.
Let me explain.
Each year UNESCO releases a list of endangered languages. The list is long and there are certain languages spoken by only 1 or 2 people on the planet.
Some of these languages are not based on words. They are based on natural rhythms. Imagine how cool it would be to speak a language of vision and sound.
Korent Joel of The Marshall Islands (see pic), is the last person on the entire planet who knows how to navigate his boat by the rhythm of the waves. It’s called wave-piloting.
It is the art of reading — by feel and by sight — the swells generated by distant storms.
Detecting these minute differences in the waves enables a wave-pilot to determine where the nearest solid ground is — and how far off it lies — long before it is visible.
An ancient skill dating back to the 16th century, wave piloting is deeply fascinating to modern scientists because a wave pilot can detect direction and proximity to land when the complexities of fluid dynamics would say this is impossible.
You might be thinking, “Dave, you’re losing me… why do I care about this?”
This is important because most of us use GPS to get anywhere and Waze to make sure you don’t sit in an extra ten minutes of traffic.
Why bother figuring out where you are when you can just punch it into your GPS?
Scientists are starting to realize that all this GPS takes a toll on your mind…and spirit.
According to The NY Times, “Our ability to navigate is tied to learning, decision-making, imagining and planning for the future.”
If you lose track of the roads and highways, might you also lose track of your life’s journey?
If you lose track of North, South, East, and West, might you also lose track of what’s true (and false) to your vision and dreams?
If you lose track of where you are, might you also lose track of who you are?
When wave pilots were prevalent, hundreds of years ago, to become disoriented was the worst possible scenario. It meant almost certain death.
But in today’s world, with all the demands, all the information, ALL THIS STUFF, disorientation is almost the norm.
Let me ask you…
Why are you here?
What do you really want to achieve?
How can you get there today?
If you don’t have quick answers to these questions, it might mean you are a little disoriented. I know I am
To be more focused on who we are rather than on what we have… could change your life (and mine) in the most wonderful way.