First, let others tell their stories. Rather than plunging headlong into a recitation of the world from our perspective, we simply commit to listening to others first, curious about what leads them to their perspective.
Receiving toys and opening presents is great, but it's fleeting and only a small piece of the big picture. Santa reminds us to reconnect to our childlike awareness so that we notice the love and magic in our everyday lives.
Today as adults, we focus so much on other people's opinions when choosing what to do, that we forget we can make choices that will allow us to have more fun in our lives. Take the time to think about how something is going to make you feel when you do it.
If I enjoy where I am right now, my journey will be that much more exquisite. And as far as destination, there is none, really. As soon as we reach one milestone, we focus on new things that excite and inspire us.
Ten months ago, my youngest sister passed away after a seven-year relationship with cancer. What a roller coaster it was. During the highs and lows, the healing and the blows, she never lost sight of what it might teach her. She was the most courageous person I have ever known.
If you want to witness a natural display of a sense of wonder, just observe a child. A child's whole world is viewed through the eyes of wonder and excitement. A child has no judgements of why things are so, but rather a child is in awe and views life through innocence, purity and curiosity.
Forced to disconnect, I was able to challenge my own preconceived academic assumptions of what I would find in a 2014-era Cuba. On a more spiritual level, I underwent a heightened sense of awareness that I thought was reserved for fictional characters
Our relationship used to be a give and take. But from now on, this relationship is a one-way street. I own you for all the great things you can bring my life, but you don't own me in return. I will look up. I will stop. I've got to re-engage in the world instead of feeling engaged to you.
My daughter's awe to ordinary occurrences isn't atypical.The world is a mysterious web of discoveries that heighten her ability to embrace the unknown. Sometimes her glee spills over like errant drops of water after a big splash. When I'm paying attention, I catch a few of these drops.
A Pastor came to understand that his guests need services, not sermons. He used mailboxes as a concrete step toward resolving a seemingly insurmountable problem. This is proof that wonder and a sense of possibility dwell in the hearts of leaders who inspire.
Wonder doesn't disappear on its own. We let it go. And we don't have to. In fact, our creativity, imagination and well-being thrive on a degree of being delighted, amused and in awe of the world around us.
Stereotypes about surgeons do not include the emotions that this surgeon conveys. His profound humanity is an example of wonder at work. His partnership with patients reflects the aspect of his work that touches his soul, and a world view that we are all connected.