In her book, Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your Life, Joan Z. Borysenko, Ph.D., discusses change. She writes, "Psychologist Ellen J. Langer discovered that people who try new things are healthier and happier than those who stay in a rut. Even choosing a different route home from work benefits you. In her book, Mindfulness, she makes the point that variety keeps us engaged in life.
"You might be able to zone out if you've taken the same route a hundred times, but if you're on unfamiliar turf you have to stay tuned in. Tuning in encourages curiosity and results in a more adventurous life. An acquaintance of mine chose to drive a new way to work one day and got rear-ended in a traffic jam. But all's well that ends well. She married the man who slammed into her.
"This week, try making two small changes every day. Take a different street to work, turn off the television for an evening, go to a restaurant that serves exotic food, change your brand of toothpaste, smile at someone you don't know, show up at work wearing Groucho Marx glasses, go to a different supermarket, get a more daring hairdo, eat dessert first, or buy or borrow a piece of clothing that you never wear. The possibilities are endless.
"At the end of the week, reflect on what these little changes produced. Then think about your life. If you're in a rut, identify one small step you might take toward change. There's a whole landscape to explore once you leave the beaten path."
FYI...This will be an easy assignment for me since this weekend my husband and I are going away for a three-day painting workshop at a beach community about four hours away. But if anyone decides to try this...let us know what you do!