I had the opportunity to visit the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas with my family, and what a rewarding adventure it was! We learned, we played, and we laughed. Reflecting on the experience, here are 5 ways we can be more intentional – living life, rather than letting it happen to us.
1. Find Your Inner Mammoth
We were first introduced to Ellie May, a Colombian mammoth who was uncovered in our own home state of Texas. Interestingly, it was an accidental discovery at a sand pit in Ellis county (in the month of May, hence the name Ellie May).
Just like Ellie May’s discovery, we can find unexpected treasures within ourselves when we dig deep, exploring and developing our divine nature. Somewhere inside each of us, there is a mammoth just waiting to show the world what we’re made of!
2. Focus on Similarities, Not Differences
The next big treat was the National Geographic movie, Jerusalem 3D, which gave me a completely new perspective and appreciation for the city and people of Jerusalem. Whether Islamic, Christian, or Jewish, the culture and traditions in Jerusalem are still as strong today as they were thousands of years ago, creating a deep sense of belonging in the people who call it home.
Listening to the stories from the inhabitants of this beautiful city, who were chosen to represent each of the three major religions, was a great admonition to focus on our similarities, and celebrate our differences.
3. When Times Are Dark, Look For The Light
After the movie it was time for more learning and exploring. This time, we headed to the depths of the ocean, where the eternal night is never broken by the rising of the sun.
In the Creatures of Light exhibit we discovered the fantastic world of bio-luminescence. Just like these beautiful creatures shining their light in the darkness, we can be a ray of light and hope for others. Conversely, we can find our own beacons in the love of our friends and family during trying times.
4. Take Time To Play
There is truly something for people of all ages and interests at the Perot Museum; even our little Pigeon had an enormous area designed to nurture her concentrated 2 year old energy and interactive learning powers. There were plenty of opportunities for her to develop her muscles and coordination, as well as her mind. She had a blast dressing up like a raccoon, an ant, and an eagle, but maybe even more selling produce in the marketplace. She is definitely going to be a life long entrepreneur like her mommy!
Running your own business is a full time job and then some. Taking a lesson from a 2 year old – make sure to schedule “play time” to recharge and reconnect. Dressing up like forest animals may not be your thing (or maybe it is – no judgment here), but find something you’re passionate about that fills your tank back up. For me, nature is the ultimate way to recharge. Maybe for you it’s attending a social events, or playing an instrument. If you don’t know what your play time looks like yet, do a little self-exploration this week and find your thing.
5. Find the Lesson and The Laughter
Our two older daughters had a blast in the sports center, where we raced Olympian athletes, a cheetah, and even a T-Rex! Okay, I had a blast too 🙂 The slow motion video lab was a hit with all three girls, from age 13 to 2.
Although our whole family is passionate about staying healthy through good nutrition and physical fitness (we love yoga!), none of us are what you would call a sports fan, so it was actually by accident when we found ourselves in the sports center.
This goes to show that you can find joy in the most unexpected places when you have the right attitude live in the moment. I’ve learned from my wife that even when we find ourselves in a less than ideal situation, there is always something we can learn – and usually something we can enjoy too!
Suck Out All The Marrow of Life
We all learned so much at the Perot museum, but more importantly, we learned together while enjoying the journey, and in this fast paced society it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters. I love this quote by Henry David Thoreau:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
How can you can be more intentional and present and “suck out all the marrow of life,” as Henry David Thoreau put it?
Share your ideas in the comments below!
Taylor Bare —]——— The Jedi Father