“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
As we look toward 2014, I have a goal. Not a resolution, a goal. I want more WONDER in my LAND. I want a career, a life, a journey that fills me with joy and wonder, and through that experience, wisdom will grow. Wisdom will help me make more effective decisions in my professional and personal life. It will help me be a better self-leader. Do you want the same thing? If so, how can we achieve it together? I have some thoughts on this.
I wonder what would happen if I spent 10 minutes during lunch reflecting with kindness upon the person who gives me the most trouble in my world (or that day!) What is at the root of the trouble? I can examine what my role in it is, and what can I stop doing, or start doing, to improve it.
I wonder what would happen if I closed my eyes when on the phone with a colleague or friend, and didn’t let my mind wander, or multi-task (I do that a lot). I wonder what it would feel like to be fully present and engaged in every conversation I have – as if it were the most important person or task of the day. Because it is.
I wonder what my spirit would feel like if I created a framework and stuck to it (Discipline is not one of my strengths) so that I didn’t work more than 50 hours a week? Would my back ache less? Would I make better choices about eating and exercising? Would I have less stress? I wonder.
I wonder what my energy level would be like if I started each day with an hour of writing? Most days I’m on my computer, working, by 6:00 am (the perils of working from home and having colleagues in Europe). I love to write. The happiest times of my life were when I made daily time for photography and writing – I do little of either now.
I wonder what our life would look like if each of us really focused on our strengths for 21 days in a row, understood them deeply, communicated their awesomeness (I’ll start – I love that my report says that I embrace life with gusto!) and spent 5 minutes at the end of the day noting when we used them, congratulating ourselves for being totally awesome?
And, I smile just thinking about making this journey with you guys – it would be FUN (I say this with great gusto!)
My belated New Year gift for you is a bit of encouragement to make time to WONDER and celebrate our unique WONDER-FULNESS. Here you go:
“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it – through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” – Victoria Moran, Lit From Within