When we are children, we are constantly telling ourselves stories. And every story is worth listening to, because as kids, our minds create such fantastical, vivid, and alive pictures of what life could be like.
Then around 5 or 6 years of age, each passing year becomes a testament to the harsh reality that we are the only ones who actually believe those stories. Life becomes indelicate and mundane. And whats worse, is we start to believe that this is “the way things go”.There is not much of a future inside of that.
So this writer thinks that if we employ the words wonder and imagine to our world, then perhaps we can capture our 5 year old stories and write lives that would startle and shock us.
Here is what Oxford says about wonder.
Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.
And here is what Oxford says about imagine.
Imagine: believe (something unreal or untrue) to exist or be so.
This is such a beautiful way to approach our live experience. How often do we forget to imagine something new or unreal in our lives? Why have we grown cynical and resentful of the aliveness of our childhood? What do we gain by closing off our heart?
If I were to sum it up, I would quote Howard Thurman – “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
As children we never do anything that doesn’t equate living fully. Then we get hurt, we change, we harden our hearts and close up. We stop coming alive and at that moment we have effectively started dying.
When you are done reading this, take a moment and write down at least 3 things that you know make you come alive. It could even be something that you only did once but you know that it stirred something in your soul. Once you have done that, see which of these things you could do right away and schedule it. Trust me, you will be happier and more fulfilled by doing this.
Have a great week my loved ones!
With all peace and love….
The Love Guru