“Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
As a lifelong learner I'm open to new concepts, thoughts, and ideas no matter what the source. I guess you could say I'm curious by nature, and like a sponge I like to take things in and absorb the lessons from them.
Like any student, it then becomes my challenge (should I choose to accept it) to take the lessons and apply them. To integrate the learning so that it becomes a part of my "little bag of tricks" for navigating the world around me.
Well, lately signs and messages regarding wonder have been showing up all over the place and I mean ALL OVER THE PLACE. It's been in readings that I've had and given myself, articles I've read, messages on Facebook, conversations, and even in one of the books I'm reading. Anytime I receive a sign or a message more than once, well that's my cue to pay attention because there's something I'm about to learn.
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates
My friends, I gotta say there is something about wonder that has me very intrigued and I'm having lots of fun experimenting with it and learning from it. My experimentation started with a suggestion from Pam Grout to begin each and every day with the statement, "Something awesome is going to happen to me today." Talk about setting the wonder wheels in motion, not to mention excitement. Like a kid on their birthday, I can't wait to see what the day has in store for me.
Interestingly enough, that little exercise has lead to other exercises. For example, I recently had a situation that angered the hell out of me. Rather than focus on the feeling of anger (which would have been so easy and natural to do) I asked myself, "I wonder why this has me so angry?"
Holy flood gates come-a-crashin' down.
Just coming from that place of wonder took the edgy-feeling of anger and pushed it to the side so that wonder could work its magic. I gained clarity as to the reason why I was so angry, not to mention a better understanding as to the dynamics of where that anger came from.
“It is a happiness to wonder; -- it is a happiness to dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
I'm actually having a lot of fun playing with wonder and asking myself questions like…
"I wonder where my next new client is going to come from?" (Gained one new client last week and have calls with two potentials this week -- how cool is that?!)
"I wonder what today has in store for me?" (An unexpected check in the mail and a lovely acknowledgment.)
"I wonder what new idea is going to come forward?" (Like the idea to create a new course around healing. So cool!)
Being in wonder reminds me of little kids who don't worry about anything, they just stay in wonder and observe the world around them, knowing that all is OK. With that comes peace, enlightenment, opportunities, and fun. Who doesn't want that?
So dear ones, I'm off to be in wonder, but before I go, I want to encourage you to allow wonder to be your sidekick for today. Try it on for size and see what happens.
Oh, and do share what you're noticing, what surprises have presented themselves, or any questions you may have.
Sending you much love, light and glorious wonder…