I’ve always loved the ending of Paradise Lost. And not just because it’s an achievement to have slogged through ten thousands lines of Milton’s verse to get there! There’s something so poignant about the evicted Adam and Eve drying their tears and setting off on their journey to found the human race.
They hand in hand with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitarie way
Notice, Adam and Eve don’t dash off to tackle their task as we might. They don’t get busy with to-do lists or New Year’s Resolutions. They wander – slowly – curious about what’s around and ahead of them. Like those innocent Start-Rite kids in the iconic poster tottering towards a beckoning horizon on perfectly fitted shoes, the ‘world was all before them’ says Milton and they discover it at walking pace.
I love that.
It’s probably why I am so am excited about our street-based, urban inspiration venture Street Wisdom and how it gives busy 21st century types all over the world (…18 countries and counting) an everyday format to become curious again.
It’s certainly why we created Winter Wanderland, a 31-day experience we’ve designed that turns the whole of January into a month-long exploration of your own future direction.
I’ll be doing it. So will the gang at Street Wisdom. I’d love you to join us.
It’s simple. You sign up, make a small donation and you’re set. Every day you’ll receive an SMS with an instruction (really a prompt) to follow. It’ll be something you can do on the street in a few minutes. So it will fit into your schedule whether you’re on your way to or from work, shopping or hanging out at the weekend. Don’t worry if you miss the start, you can join whenever you want. But every day the instructions are more challenging and intriguing so the sooner you begin, the better.
The world is all before us, as Milton says. This is a wanderful way to set your personal compass for a wonderful 2016. So let’s start well or as those other great poets, the Start Rite kids might have said…Well Begun is Half Done.
[Image inspired by Start Rite]