As a world travel adventurer, professional inspirational speaker, and author, people often ask me for advice. Some want travel tips, others ask about technology and photography gear, others are looking for life-lessons learned from the road. Many are curious about how I can even make a living doing what I do.
I was sharing breakfast with Sandy many months ago, a fellow traveler I met several years ago in Greece. She posed the question, “Do you have a list of guiding principles or rules you live by?” She presented the question as a challenge for each of us: without overthinking, jot down thirteen things we believe are essential for a purposeful, mindful, happy, and healthy life. I pulled out a couple notepads and pens, and while I sipped my drip coffee, and she sipped her double macchiato, we tackled the challenge and compared notes.
Since then, I’ve shuffled my list of “13 Rules To Live By From A Life On The Road” around my desk with hardly a glance. Yesterday, after eight months, I paused and read the coffee-stained paper with my spontaneous scribbling. I pondered each of my rules and asked if, since then, I have followed them — especially in the crazy and challenging times of the coronavirus. I checked off twelve, and there remains an opportunity to fulfill the thirteenth. Read on, and you’ll understand.
Newly inspired to plant my stake in the ground, I elaborated on my thirteen rules, and now wish to inspire you to live a more healthy, happy, and fulfilled life. I hope you’ll spread the word by liking and sharing my creed with others.
- Stay Curious
We are born curious. But as we age, we lose that sense of curiosity and become complacent in our surroundings and day-to-day life. So we need to work harder to embrace and indulge our curiosity. The best way to do this is to wonder — wonder why, ask questions, and take a greater interest in your environment.
Staying curious means being more observant. It means changing your perspective and seeing things differently. I…