Awe & Wonder – The Keys to a Well Lived Life

AWE and WONDER are ever present but too often unappreciated.
We must make a conscious effort, even in our busy lives, to allow awe and wonder to penetrate us on a regular basis. I use the word penetrate because it must seep deep into us on a cellular and mindfulness level in order to take full advantage of their power.
First off, they are the driving forces behind curiosity, invention, creativity political change and discovery. Every single major scientist, thinker, artist, or anyone who has had a major impact on society all have been inspired by feelings of deep awe and wonder. From Newton to Einstein, from George Washington to Martin Luther King, from Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs and from great mothers and fathers to teachers and doctors all will attest that their inspiration began with an appreciation for the awe and wonder they saw and felt around them, even under the harshest of times. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi can attest to the later.

Last night during a discussion with my son about recent current issues that are plaguing us at this time, I asked why someone hasn’t emerged to take on the challenges we face. His wise response was that those type of people sometimes only come around once in a lifetime or sometimes much longer than a lifetime. Evidence proves him right but I still could not get the thought out of my mind.
It took a restless night but then it hit me. We cannot wait for the hero, we must be the hero. The awe and wonder must penetrate us so we can take advantage of its power and take back our destiny.
 Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me…I see them before me and connect them immediately with the consciousness of my existence.

– Immanuel Kant –
Enjoy and be sure to catch this week’s episode on most of our PBS stations, featuring Richard Dawkins and his thoughts about awe and wonder.

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