“We shall not cease from exploring. And at the end of our exploration, we will return to where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Exploration is the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it. It is that joy in discovering something new that enhances our own experience or the experience of others. Remember when you were a child and the world was all so brand new, that each day, really was a new day to explore and discover new things?
The great thing about this exploration time was that, for the most part, we didn’t have to rush this process and do this exploring at our leisure. Then as we gained this new acquired knowledge apply it to what we may have learned previously.
For example, when a child engages in the Shape and Sort It Out game they may at first have no idea what to do the blocks. They might at first pick up each of the blocks and explore it by first feeling the shape and most likely put it in their mouth. Then their parent may take a block and model for them how to put it into the correct shape on the box. From there the child would take a different block and explore the possibilities of where that block may fit into that box. Each time they engage in this on their own or with their parent their knowledge on how do do this activity will increase resulting in this skill being learned/mastered. I believe exploration is so important in the development of their moral compass and lends themselves to being open to new opportunities and experiences.
What I find interesting is, as we get older, we have a tendency to shy away from exploration, becoming much more regimented in our day to day activities and cautious in thinking outside of the box so to speak. And if we aren’t careful we may slip from a growth mindset to a fixed mindset. For whatever reason, it takes longer to develop a growth mindset than it does to fall back into a fixed mindset. We need to be mindful of this because if we fail to venture out and explore we then fail in continuing to develop/refine our moral compass.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?