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The Path of Wonder

Choose Wisely

Step 3 – Choose Wisely

Author Julia Alvarez wrote "Each of us will have to make the choices that allow us to be the largest versions of ourselves."

How often do your choices allow you to be the largest version of yourself?

If you are not making choices that allow you to be the largest version of yourself, why do you think that is?

Do you have people in your life that encourage you to become the largest version of yourself?

Do you have people in your life that discourage you from becoming the largest version of yourself?

Are there role models in your life that have made choices that have allowed them to become the largest version of themselves?

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Feel Awe

Step 2 – Feel Awe

Navigating the chaos involves taking time to explore the wonder and awe of our world. If you tell yourself you lack even a few minutes to wonder, consider the 2012 article "Awe Expands People's Perception of Time and Enhances Well-Being" published in Psychological Science. According to the researchers those who experienced awe felt they had more time available (including time to give to others), were less impatient, and experienced greater life satisfaction. Stanford Professor Jennifer Aaker, one of the study’s authors, said, “When you feel awe, you are experiencing a positive emotion that feels vast and big, and as a result is capable of altering one’s view of the world.”

How often do you allow yourself to feel awe?

How do you feel when you see others experiencing awe?

When is the last time you allowed yourself to feel ‘vast and big?’

Do you get a sense that your ability to feel awe has lessened with age? If so, why do you think that is?

Would you agree that wonder is more cerebral and awe more emotional?

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Maintain A Sense of Wonder

Step 1 - Maintain A Sense of Wonder

Marine biologist Rachel Louise Carson wrote: “A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.”

How often do you remind yourself to wonder?

Do you have any role models of people in your life who wonder?

If you are wondering less than you would like to, why do you think that is?

When you do wonder how does it make you feel?

Has wondering allowed you to explore a life situation you were putting off or perhaps thought impossible?

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