“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” -W.B. Yeats
Sometimes it feels as if we live in an age that has lost its ability to be astonished…to be caught up in the ‘wonder’ of it all. Very seldom do we find ourselves amazed by the small and magnificent miracles that happen regularly around us.
Many of us go through each day on cruise control…
And it isn’t until we run over the unexpected pothole or speed bump that we find ourselves jolted back into reality. Often shocked to find how deep on automatic we really were…and how detached we had allowed ourselves to become to our current surroundings…and the world around us.
In much the same way, we have to avoid putting ourselves on a mental autopilot…
We have to approach each day as seekers of ‘awe’…constantly searching out learning and ideas that floor us and our current ideas of what is possible. And it doesn’t happen naturally. We have search out those mental speed bumps…those mental potholes that jolt us out and off our mental autopilot.
Understand, this is not comfortable…rather, is it quite uncomfortable. It is not a natural progression….it is often disjointed and invokes struggle…and fear. Especially when those ideas disrupt our very foundations and shake us to the core. However, those are the very ideas that we must determine to search out. That is the ‘awe’ that we should seek in our learning and our leadership.
Both in the current and in the future, we must remain seekers of awe…as learners and leaders.
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein