Variety, what is this exactly? Is it the spice of life?
Is it change or new things? It can be different for many.
Some people have a lot going on in their life and some do not – so, variety could just mean a change of pace either to slow down or do more? If your life is full of whirlwind events and issues, maybe your variety would be to calm it down, do less and achieve a sense of calm and tranquility.
“Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:6
Maybe, a day of rest, an inner retreat of sorts. A day alone and full of nothing to do. Try online yoga, a quiet meditation, bubble bath or candle lit dinner for one. Try to taking an hour a day for yourself. If you get a lunch hour, instead of running around shopping or doing things, just find a quiet place and sit with yourself.
As I read these words I can totally relate, as I have done my fair share of toil and striving. I feel that as I get older, I see what I couldn’t see as a younger person. All the striving for things…they mean nothing really. I find such solace now, just listening to the birds and feeling the cool breeze on my skin on a hot day. I have so much to be thankful for and appreciate all that I have. The breath in my lungs, another day to enjoy the laughter of my children and a much calmer mind after learning the yoga and meditation practices I’ve been doing.
But if you’re the quiet type person as it is, a new variety for your life might be getting yourself out there,trying new things & experiencing new adventures are in your future. Do you feel alone and scared to do things? Then you really must add variety to your life.
Maybe look for a meetup group online or go to the library to see if there are book clubs, cooking classes or events you can go to. Start simple, then get more adventurous. Have you ever wanted kayak or canoe? Be adventurous – go to a nearby lake, rent one and paddle away! Or create an art class for friends, adventure days to movies or outings in the area. Try a local evening class at a college or community center like Salsa dancing or archery classes! Other ideas are to try a bus excursion to a historical place or beach town, have lunch with champagne alfresco, or just make a list of local parks and visit one new one a month.
Spices are these little things – mostly seed, fruit, root, bark; which are used in nutritionally insignificant quantities to bring a bit of effervescence to your foods… so bring a bit of effervescence to your life! Spices also serve as a preservative by killing or preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Just like in nature, if the water is still or stagnant it will begin to show signs of bacterial growth. Stir it up with a fountain and special plants and viola, a beautiful oasis..
So, the phrase,” Variety is The Spice of Life” was probably coined to express how variety, by adding it to your life, can enhance your spirit and bring joy to your heart. Instead of life being a crazy whirlwind or depressed and lonely, just adding it in our lives could have the effect of a spice and enhance our everyday existence.
Variety does to our everyday lives, the same thing that spice does to food. It makes it more fun, more interesting, more meaningful. And sometimes, just likes a preservative, it can cure depression and alleviate boredom.
So, why not add a bit of SPICE to your life and you will wake up each morning looking forward to a different day.
Let’s live life to the fullest, experiment, innovate, enjoy variety and you will find you can really spice up your life!
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