By Linda Fisher Thornton
This holiday season I wish you wonder – the joyful, expectant mindset that comes with not knowing how things will turn out, but thinking they’re going to be good.
I don’t mean the ordinary type of wonder, such as wondering what you’ll have for dinner. I’m talking about the magical kind of wonder. This type of wonder refreshes our hopefulness, and keeps us open-minded and expectant. It is positive and exciting.
What happens when we lead with a sense of wonder? We are open to new experiences, and we tend to look for the best in others and in the world. A sense of wonder keeps us curious and helps us understand things in new ways.
Here are some interesting perspectives on wonder, from some folks you may have heard of:
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
“Wisdom begins in wonder.”
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
——-e. e. cummings
“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.”
——-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”
“Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.”
“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”
“From wonder into wonder existence opens.”
Leaders, this holiday season, enjoy the delight of not having all the answers. Remember to look for the magic and keep your sense of wonder.
Happy Holidays to All!
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