In With The New


In With The New

I’m sure you’ve all heard the famous quote, “variety is the spice of life”, but we’re going to take a moment to dive a little deeper into this famous phrase, to understand its context and what it means for your life.

Our brains are probably the most amazing gift we’ve been given in this life... It has the daunting task of recording every single moment of our lives, defining what is important and discarding the rest. In doing so, it helps us navigate safely through, avoiding possible dangers that could potentially lead us to harm. I could write 100+ posts on this one aspect of the brain alone, but for the purpose of this posts, I want to focus on the experience we get when introducing something new into our lives. 

When we experience something for the first time, our brains go into overdrive, trying to make sense of this influx of stimuli. As a result of this hyper activity, time seems to stretch. Ever take a week vacation where you felt completely centered and present? Ever wonder how those days felt like they were stretched out into months?

Using the above experience as an example, in an effort to be more efficient and use less energy, our brain takes all of this information (surroundings, tasks, experiences), and chunks it, making it into smaller tasks, so that the next time you experience or perform a given action, you can do it efficiently and with greater ease.

The problem with this is that in an effort to be more efficient, we start to take the beauty of each moment for granted, which in turn, sucks the emotional juice from our days and lives. If that wasn’t enough, the kicker is that for most of us, the older we get, the more certainty we try to latch on to, leaving us asking ourselves,“where did all the time go?”

So how do we combat this friend who seems to be a foe? The answer is simple… Constantly introduce “the new” into our lives. Introducing “the new” into our lives doesn’t have to be big trip overseas, but can be something as small as going out to eat to a new restaurant once a week with friends, trying a new hobby, seeing a new movie or play, or making a new friend. What’s even more profound about what I just stated is that sometimes it is the small things, such as taking up a new hobby, that can have the greatest impact on our lives. The reason being is that it awakens our mind to start working again and it forms new habits, which in and of itself, can change the entire path of your life (remind me next time to write about the power of what I call, a “Mother Habit”)

For those of you who know me personally, you know that I accomplish “the new” by traveling to new destinations. On those trips I develop a new understanding of the world, appreciation its cultures, as well as, the people within them. As great as the experience is, I realized I needed to create more excitement within my everyday life, not just looking forward to that one trip a year. Don’t you agree? 

It’s the beginning of the week and I’d like to invite you all to stop what you’re doing and just take 2 minutes, right now, to write down 3 things you can do this week to introduce something new into your life that will bring you joy and excitement! Once you’ve got 3, take one and take action on it right now (call a friend, make the reservation, buy the ticket, etc.). In order to get something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done, because “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller

Thank you for choosing Raus and remember to always... Take a moment. Enjoy now.


Donny Raus