Call us nerds, but we've always found the idea of a treasure hunt exciting! Even as far back as elementary school, choose your own adventure books seemed like the most fun and interesting to read. So, it's probably not much of a surprise that our team is currently obsessed with escape rooms. And in true Black Zen form, we knew we had to share some of our insights and discoveries from our first experience, since there were so many great parallels to real life. In that excursion, we learned a lot about how the game was structured and what was required to win. These same tools may just help you navigate life, a new adventure, your next career switch, or all the above.
What made the game even better, is that any time we felt like we were banging our head against the wall trying to find the next clue, we could use the handy walkie-talkie they gave us to ask for help. I went in all tough and bold thinking we wouldn't need to use it, but about 15 minutes into the second room, we realized that our brains were tapped. We had no idea how to figure out the next step. We rationalized that we could either stay stuck and lose the game or ask someone for a tip to uncover the next clue. In The Power of Asking for Help, the writer finds herself in a similar position. While we don't want to give away the ending of the article, we'll just say it's one of the best articles we've ever included in the weekly wellness. Not only is it thoughtful and well written, but the writer's discovery at the end completely hits home.
With as many escape rooms as we've done, you'd think the game would get boring or the clues obvious, but the truth is, every room is different. Like life, each new experience tests our individual skills and we get increasingly better at finding clues and figuring out the next steps.
If you’re at a time in life where the “room” you’re in feels boring or stale, maybe it’s time to find the door that leads to the next adventure.
If you’re currently right where you should be but feel stuck and can’t figure out the next clue, seek help to push you forward. Either way, the game stays interesting and we choose to remain curious and excited to play.
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