"Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we're going. But what if we'd rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos "happy maps" that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way."
I loved, loved LOVED this talk!
I've always been a back-roader, and I've infected my family with the bug, LOL! If I have any regrets or resentments, they are associated with the times when life doesn't allow me to wander at will... the more isolated, undefined, unusual the road (literally, and figuratively) the more it will compel me to investigate.
End of the Road...
Southern edge of Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California
I've had the picture above as my desktop for several months now... the very moment I stumbled upon it, it began to shape me.
I felt my breathing change... deeper, slower... a certain tightness that I am inclined to carry in my chest always, loosened.
At the same time my mind opened up, and the thoughts and ideas began flooding in... my energy level rose and I just wanted to GO! Anywhere. Everywhere.
I felt all at once more sharply defined, yet at the same time less delineated... unless you can call freedom a box in which one lives and dreams.
I dance a little in my chair when I sit down at the computer. I see before me a road that takes no small amount of determination to walk, and which must be walked hand-in-hand with GRACE, and hope, and resolution.
I carry this image in my mind's eye throughout my day and I feel taller, stronger, better, more ALIVE and open to life.
(I've always known I'm a desert flower... I have always bloomed profusely when life is most arid and conditions most extreme.)
This picture demands a response from me... and respond, I do. The songs my heart is inspired to sing flow out through my hands and feet as I walk my daily paths with joyful determination.
This unlikely road is my "happy map."
...and this morning, as I listened to Daniel Quercia, I realized my SPARK Journey has become the "happy map" for my life... it takes into account not only where I want to go, but how I want to feel along the way... and it's been incredibly 'scenic' (far, far and away from the typical SPARK/weight-loss journey)... much longer and more winding than most...
...incredibly enriching... healing... inspiring....
...and really... what better by which to be inspired than your own life?
I know goals are important... though goals are not my reason for doing anything. My goals are simply stepping stones to my DREAMS.
I can keep walking this road... seven years and counting, yesterday... because I dare to dream... and because how I feel as I walk (what I think, what I need, what I'm compelled to learn, my life outside the elimination of fat, each person with whom I share the road) is just as important as are my reasons for being here in the first place.
Eliminating fat is a journey of self-discovery... and I am not the most direct and shortest distance between any two points... none of us are.
I am a "happy map" to be discovered, like a gift, as I go.
...So are YOU!
Have you ever considered that SparkPeople is a microcosm of the world? This spoke volumes to me about what SparkPeople really is:
For more tolerance we need more...
(though personally, I think 'tolerance' is setting the bar way too low)
...and a 'heads up' for anyone interested:
The Pain Relief Project is FREE and online from January 19-26, 2015