For the first five houses, she stayed close to me, informing everyone she was with Daddy. However, at each successive house she was more comfortable with one of the activities. By the sixth house, she was doing all the elements on her own and adding another one. As we left each house, she would immediately say "New one," meaning for us to get to the next house. "New" was something exciting and something to anticipate.
"New" is a concept that I think is important to maintain as I get older - new experiences, ideas and opportunities. For me, when was the last time I thought, "New career," or "New location?" Sometimes I spend so much effort reducing risk and optimizing the current situation that I forget there are unbounded new opportunities waiting. Too often, the thought is stay with what's known and avoid the "new."
So how can I flip the natural tendency to maintain the status quo? How might I make new the norm instead of the exception? As my daughter taught me, it might be as simple as being willing to look for and be ready to experience "new ones."
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