I think a lot about comfort zones. When we went into COVID lockdown, the entire world was asked to step outside of its comfort zone. We left offices, schools, day cares, bars, restaurants, movies - our normal everyday lives - for a slightly scary, lonely, uncertain existence.
I have been reflecting on the lessons I learned from my students when I taught wilderness expedition courses. On expedition, the people who embrace discomfort and step fully into the experience are transformed into bigger, better people. In fact, I intentionally create disorienting experience in order to allow participants to have a transformative experience.
Welcome to your expedition
We don't have a choice about whether we want to join the Great COVID-19 Wilderness Expedition. It is here and so are we. We can embrace the uncertainty and allow it to make us better people or we can hide out and miss the experience. This what I learned from my students about how to embrace the expedition.
Wilderness expeditions are unforgettable - and transformative. People learn to embrace uncertainty. They make lifelong friendships. They notice and accept the significant accomplishments that they make each day. They also persevere and realize they are stronger than they ever imagined. Welcome to your expedition. You've got this.
Please share how you and your community are growing during the COVID-19 Wilderness Expedition in the comments below.
Angie B. Moline
Dr. Moline is an ecologist and visual process facilitator who draws pictures to help clients think. She is currently on a quest to understand why live drawings are so compelling and how to make them as sticky as possible in order to improve communication, understanding, and memory. Follow here journey here!