When is the last time you tried something new? If it takes you a long time to answer, maybe it's time. For some, the thought of doing something new creates angst, fear, and/or uncertainty. Such thoughts are normal for many people. But for those who are looking to grow, the key is to refuse to allow such thoughts to paralyze you to the point of inaction. Many of us become complacent because we have our patterns, routines, way(s) of doing things, etc., and something new may change the landscape or shake things up. Depending upon your circumstances, that just might be a good thing.

I'm not talking about quitting your job and starting a new career--that is, unless you're prepared to do so. Doing something new might be as simple as taking a different route to or from work. Or it might be learning a new skill; volunteering; mentoring a child; learning another language; eating something you've never eaten; eating a healthy meal; exercising--even if it's just taking a walk; planning a trip to a state or country you're curious about; taking a free online course (see sources under Miscellaneous); inviting someone to dinner; paying for a stranger's coffee, meal, gas, groceries, etc. It needn't be anything big. Something small can make a large impact. Who knows, it just might lead to you realizing a dream.

I happen to think that once you try something new, you have everything to gain. Even if things don't work out as you hoped or expected, at least you tried. You took a step forward. And maybe that will give you the strength, courage, confidence, satisfaction, perspective, and enthusiasm to take another step, to try again, or to try something (else) new.

Are you willing to try something new?
 


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Doreen
07/30/2013 9:17am

You are right. I have been WALKING as a new thing for me.I walk with a good friend of mine,five miles twice a week. I didn't know whether I would be able to do it,because as you get older, sometimes it's a little frightening. I feel so much better.Glad I did a NEW Thing.

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Natalie
07/30/2013 11:18am

Congratulations, Doreen. It sounds like walking is a health and confidence booster for you. Having support is an added bonus.

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Estelle
07/31/2013 6:06pm

No matter how old you are, trying something we IS a good thing. So go for it. Be sure it is God glorifying!!!

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Natalie
07/31/2013 11:43pm

Estelle,

I agree . . . age should not be an impediment to trying something new.

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