I take my daughters into the woods behind our house, mainly because when I suggest exploring the woods they recoil in unison, “But the woods are dangerous.”
They aren’t making that up.
In fact, I’m pretty sure my wife and I used those exact words.
When the oldest was two.
Now they’re nine and ten so I offer to teach them how to explore the woods safely.
We take a dozen steps into the woods, and find a super cool swamp.
You can still see our back yard and house from the edge of this swamp.
We find two trees that are leaning against each other and make a really spooky creaking sounds when the wind blows.
We discover trees ripped out by their roots, hollow trees that are somehow still standing, and a tree bridge across a small creek.
“Best weekend activity ever!” my kids shout with glee.
I’m amazed that it took me eight years to venture 30 yards into the woods.
And it gets me thinking about your Elevator Pitch.
Because now is a great time for exploring!
For writing, even if you’ve never written a blog.
For speaking, up on a zoom call or out for your organization.
For connecting in new ways – were you on a Zoom call with your family for Easter or Passover?
For clarifying your message (have your priorities changed in this crisis?)
It took me 8 years to venture into the woods, but I’ve been writing and speaking and teaching online for over a decade.
What new techniques or activities are you working on now?
What are you exploring?