“Ultimately the way to win the game of life, is found in only one thing: Our ability to choose meaning in any life circumstance. Become the master of meaning and you master your life.”
I went with five friends to an escape room. For those who haven’t been, it’s a place where you are locked in a room for an hour and you solve clues and puzzles to help you find the key to get out. We were also given one free hint if we needed it. This was the first time for all of us and the escape rate for this particular room was 13%.
How did we do? We were but two minutes from escaping the room. We had pretty much solved the final clue when we ran out of time. Though we did not escape, we still had a blast and from it and I learned some lessons that can be applied to life.
Lessons Learned From An Escape Room
For anyone in Ottawa who would like to try this, we went to http://claustrophobiagame.ca
Stay tuned next week for adventures at a movement gym.
I recently contacted a friend to whom I hadn't spoken in a while. When she asked how I was doing, I replied that, according to my standards, I was up and down. I had expected her response to be encouraging, to be that she hoped things would go better. I expected her to ask what was going on and to say that it would pass. She said none of that. Instead, she responded by claiming that I was not living my passions or my full potential. She said that I was waiting for things to happen as oppose to taking action toward what I wanted to accomplish.
My first thoughts were that we’re supposed to be friends and support and encourage each other and pick the other up when they are down. How could she say that to me? I knew however, that there was some truth to what she said.
I took some time to reflect. I went back to review my goals for the year, my bucket list and to the eulogy I wrote for myself. Writing your own eulogy is a great personal growth exercise. It allows you to start with your end in mind. Google “Writing your own eulogy exercise” for more information or come to my Advanced workshop in July where we will be completing this exercise.
I then e-mailed some of my closest friends and asked them what they thought my life’s purpose was. I wanted to see if I was living up to what I had written in my eulogy. The good news was that the feedback I received was on track for what I wanted to accomplish in the time that I was here. There were however, some aspects that I felt were missing. I chose one to focus on for the moment. I had written in my eulogy, “Amanda knew how to have fun and enjoy life”. I felt that though I had been working hard and enjoying my practice, I was failing to have more fun in my personal time.
I decided that starting next week, I would try one new activity every week. This would help me have more fun, learn more about myself, explore some passions and push myself out of my comfort zone. Stay tuned for upcoming blogs about what I try.
What about you? How have you been living your life? Are you passionate about your relationships, health, work, finances, etc? What one step could you take to head toward the direction you’d like to go?
At some point, we notice that a standard in an area of our lives has been dropped. This could be in our health by eating poorly or not exercising enough; in our relationships by putting up with something for too long and not speaking up; or in our finances, where we've overspent (again) and we find ourselves in a hole. No matter what the circumstance, you find yourself in the same position over and over again, like a dog chasing it’s tail or a hamster running on a wheel. In an instant, your frustrations come out and you decide, “Enough of this!”. You are not going to let this situation happen to you again and you commit to making a change in your life. You decide to join a gym, cut out junk food or start standing up for yourself. Congrats! That’s wonderful! You've made a commitment.
Now comes the hard part….staying committed. Let’s say you decided that you would go on a diet or as I call it, a “lifestyle modification program”. Then day 2 comes along and you’re hungry, or a work party, family holiday, etc. How do you fight the urge to return to your old ways?
Here are some tips on staying committed:
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.