A recently-retired friend periodically sends me emails detailing her new life. Each message I receive announces the latest thing she is exploring. Line dancing. Making jewelry. Last week, it was billiards.
Between the lines of her messages, I sense her growing delight and excitement at discovering fun and interesting things to do. Her words literally glow from the intensity of being fully engaged. If I were to see her in person, I’m sure she would be shining. Absolutely brilliant with joy.
Contrast this with a conversation I just had with someone close to me.
Me: So, how are things?
Me: What are you up to these days?
Her: Not much.
Me: Is there anything new or interesting going on in your life?
Her: No. Just busy with work.
Me: Did I tell you about the classes my friend is taking? She’s having a great time. Is there anything you would like to try? To learn?
Her: Not really.
Have you ever given these same responses? Had this same conversation? At some points in my life, I know I have. Distinctly not-so-brilliant. In fact, distinctly dull. And, a bit sad.
There is a certain vividness that enters our lives when we take the time to explore an interest, however briefly. To find out what brings us joy. What makes our hearts beat faster. What makes us glow with happiness.
It is an energy that multiplies once we start down the path of discovery. Life becomes really interesting and amazing when we are actually interested in it.
Books. Classes. Conversations. It doesn’t take much to experience new and different things. But, we have to take the time to make discoveries. We have to make the space for a little luster in our lives.
Make space for brilliance.