As I write this, I am on an airplane headed to Vashon Island, Washington for a friend’s wedding. I am filled with wonder. I wonder how the Wright brothers ever got curious enough to think about building an airplane. I wonder how people ever came up with the idea of zippers. Zippers sure are handy for many things, especially for my pants. I also am wondering how or why someone thought about nail polish? I don’t do my nails often, but I was inspired to for the wedding I am attending.
Living with wonder is a juicy way to live as it invites excitement and a sense of adventure into your life. Wonder inspires creation as you are drawn to learn and experience the world before you in an open-hearted and childlike way.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live life as an adventure? When you live with wonder, even going to the grocery store can be an adventure. Once, I was at a grand opening for a grocery store and was walking through the expansive cheese and bakery section when a manager came up to me and said, “You are walking through this section as if you are walking through a museum. In my 25 years working in the grocery business, I have never seen anyone do that before.” I laughed. He was right. As I walk through a grocery store, I sometimes wonder if this exotic Gouda cheese or that decadent cream-filled doughnut with chocolate frosting may be an adventure I want.
Living with wonder is another way to describe living open-heartedly. With an open heart, you never know exactly what life is going to bring you, but you wonder where this adventure is ultimately going to take you.
When you lose your sense of wonder, you may get stuck in what you think you should be doing, or how you think your life should be playing out. With those judgements, you will likely either shut down in the futility of ever getting “there”, or spin your wheels trying like hell to get to where you think you should be. It is a painful way to live.
I wonder if you are willing to try on a challenge? The challenge is to live with a sense of wonder. Wonder what this day is going to bring you. How you can bring more experiences of love into your life and find more ways to be spontaneous, playful, and even happy? What you focus on expands. So, this challenge is to focus on goodness. Throughout the day, ask yourself the question: “I wonder what goodness this day will bring me?” As you ask this question, you are connecting with wonder and asking for goodness to reveal itself to you again and again. When you look for the good stuff you will start seeing it more readily and through asking this question repeatedly, you invite the goodness to keep expanding.
For myself, as an Intuitive Counselor, I am filled with wonder as I support clients. I wonder how I may best serve these beautiful souls to help them get to the core of the struggles in their relationships, to quiet the noise, and to work through messy feelings and make peace with their past and their present, so they can heal themselves and their relationships, and live a life they love.