Take back your sense of wonder
I did something absolutely amazing on Monday.
At noon, local time in DC, my girlfriend came over to my apartment for lunch. We had cold pasta. Then later that day at 7:30pm local time, I had Thai food with two close friends in San Francisco.
Between lunch and dinner I was able to soar through the sky like a bird and land in an entirely different location, all thanks to the marvels of modern technology.
When I step back to think about it, air travel is truly wondrous. Think about it – when you get on a jet you literally fly through the air and see the world from above.
In fact, so many things are truly wondrous: tablet computers, video conferencing, giant trees growing from a-corns, the bond that can be created between a human and an animal, language, caves, roller coasters, caterpillars turning into butterflies, leaves changing color, ponds icing over, those fish that light up, – the list goes on. All of these things have a totally enchanting and magical element to them. Some of them are basically straight out of Harry Potter.
But often, I lose my sense of wonder.
The day to day blurr, which never really allows me to pause and notice the incredible things around me, makes things that should appear miraculous, seem mundane.
One thing I’m working on – and one thing I think all leaders should be working on – is keeping the sense of wonder in the forefront. I do this by pausing, observing, and marveling. It makes life more satisfying and connected. It helps you remember that minor spats and hiccups, the things we all encounter every day and often are sources of stress, are totally trivial.