We strive to live our lives embracing nomadic serendipity, and keeping our schedule on Nomadic Standard Time.
We’ve discovered that escaping the stress that comes from rushing around to meet scheduled obligations opens one up to truly being in tune with what is around you in the moment. This allows you to truly experience where you are at, instead of always being “just passing through” on your way to a destination.
As a rule, awesome things tend to happen when you’re not a slave to a pre-planned schedule.
As an example, by not having a specific schedule and nothing pending that we had to be at – our recent intentions of relocating to Orlando got wonderfully sidetracked by some fabulous ripples of serendipity.
None of this was planned for in advance, and if we had been trying to stick to our original intentions we would have missed out on it all.
Serendipity of this caliber is a normal occurrence for us. And we’d like to invite you to experience it.
Your Invitation to the Serendipity Challenge
You don’t have to sell your home, quit your job and take off around the world as a nomad to experience high-grade serendipity. Challenge yourself to invite serendipity into your life. It’s pretty simple if you can learn to embrace the mindset.
Here’s the challenge..
Make plans to not make plans.
Set aside a day, a weekend or part of an upcoming vacation. Your time can be pre-planned, or embarked on spontaneously. You can do this in your own neighborhood, or make it an adventure to somewhere new. Make whatever arrangements you need to start and end the time period – such as transportation, budget and lodging.
And that’s where the planning stops. No pre-scheduling shows. No pre-booking tours. No planning visits with friends or family. No pre-buying tickets. No making dining reservations.
Research all you like about what options you might have. Even set intentions for things you’d enjoy doing – but be fully open to them either happening or not happening.
Let go of your need for planning. No commitments. No obligations. No expectations. None. Nada. Zilch. If you put anything on a calendar besides your arrival and departure information – you’re probably planning too much. Remove yourself as far as you’re comfortable from anything that resembles pre-planning. And then remove a little more.
If you’re ready for more advanced serendipity, you even might even want to forgo booking a rental car or hotel, or book your departure from a different city (and maybe not the transportation inbetween). Really escape the filters of pre-planning.
Once your serendipity window opens – take off your watch and go experience. If you’re unsure how to get started, try some of these ideas:
- Take a walk around your immediate environment
- Go visit a museum or attraction in the local area
- Hop on the nearest public transit and randomly pick a stop
- Get out a set of dice or a coin (real or digital) and let them decide which turns you take
- Crowdsource serendipity by taking a Twitter/Facebook poll of your followers
- Grab a camera, pick a topic (‘yellow things’, ‘children playing’, ‘found art’, etc.) and go explore with an intent to capture.
If you start to feel rushed, remind yourself that there is no schedule to keep. You have nowhere you have to be, no obligations looming over your head trying to keep you on task. If something catches your eye, move closer to hear, smell, feel and see it better. Stop and not only smell the roses, but photograph them, marvel at them.
See people mingling about? Be open to conversation without fear of distraction from where you need to be next. Allowing the possibility that serendipity may speak to you via interactions with others. Who knows where you might end up?
Your mission is to experience what comes about when you don’t have a mission.
Be in tune with the sometimes subtle invitations serendipity presents… and remember, you have to be present to win.
Once you’ve taken the Serendipity Challenge, we’d love to hear about your experience. If you blog about your experience – please send us a link to the post. Or feel free to write us directly about your experience. We’ll be featuring a collection of these inspiring stories!