As a child we start our life in WONDER. Throw a child into the air and they scream, “Do it again, do it again!” Wonder is when the colors of life are piercing and optimism is palpable. Wonder is at the heart of every adventuresome moment in childhood. Then somewhere in our later teens we start to transition out of the age of Wonder and into a new healthy world of opposition. We challenge authority at every corner. As our intelligence grows, often our spirit of wonder and optimism shrivels up being supplanted by the powerful desire to be right or heard. Our passionate youthful high expectations are inflicted upon the world.
At the point in life when the “hope in opposition” turns to resentment, then kills many.
They die right at the intersection of expectation and opposition crashing head-on into a messy world. It is here at the intersection of messy, where most never realize there is a choice, another way. We either die grasping tightly to being right, slowly wreathing into a resentful heart which breeds an apathetic life. Or…
The other choice is to challenge yourself to become an ageless WONDER. Wonder is the most powerful medicine of age. The greatest outliers the world has ever known had the ability to loosely oppose conventional wisdom with one hand but squeeze out every ounce of WONDER life had to offer in the other hand.
WONDER doesn’t demand, right or wrong, it sees
WONDER doesn’t rant, it appreciates
WONDER doesn’t teach, it directs towards mystery
WONDER doesn’t expect, it anticipates
WONDER doesn’t control, it unleashes the pursuit
If you have ever met someone who lives in WONDER you will ask to meet with them again, and again.
WOW a good life…..Wonder-Oppose-Wonder.