by: Deborah Martin
~~To think or speculate
~~To be filled with admiration,
amazement or awe; marvel
~~A cause of surprise,
astonishment or admiration
~~A feeling of surprised or
puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration.
So what is it about wonder that
is so remarkable and valuable? I think when you are experiencing wonder,
several things happen.
1. You are more receptive and
2. You are more likely to see
and feel the possibilities
3. Wonder jumpstarts your
4. And in a state of wonder, you
are very, very attractive
There are many places and things
that awaken that feeling of wonder in everyone who has the chance to experience
them. But we can't go to the Grand Canyon, Egypt's Pyramids, the Leaning Tower
of Pisa, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, or Victoria Falls every day.
So how do you add a little
wonder to each day? Well, what amazes you when you take the time to really
notice it? Just like my elation at smelling the Spring air for the first time
in three months of Winter, there are little wonders in our daily lives. An
intentional and focused noticing of these small wonders can make the difference
between a ho-hum day and one that is full of creativity, amusement and
It's noticing that is key. Many
of these small wonders are things we see every single day. We don't experience
the wonder however until we take the time to notice. It does not take long.
Pick anything common in your environment that calls to you. Then focus your
gaze and thoughts on that one thing for just a few short minutes. It's a new
way of noticing your child, a friend, the spring flowers, the winter icicles, a
bird at the feeder, a deer, a lake, the fog, the rain, the sunshine, a patch of
grass, or even your pet. Just take two or three minutes to remain focused
enough to experience the wonder in one simple thing. Then get on with your day.
Do that 10 times a day and you've spent only 20 to 30 minutes each day calming
yourself, shifting your attitude, and becoming more receptive, attractive and
creative. Notice how much more alive you feel. Imagine, 30 minutes each day in
awe. Now that it itself is a small wonder with big rewards.
About The Author
Deb Martin is a Transition
Coach, coaching individuals to simplify life and business transitions by
seeing their brilliance and honing that brilliance. Subscribe to my free
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