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See the Wonder
by R. von Oech
As children we are awestruck by most of life. Everyday
events -- from the chirp of a cricket to a telephone
conversaton with far-away relatives - seem nothing
less than miraculous to the average three-year-old.
Yet, somehow, as we grow into adulthood, that sense
of wonderment gets drummed out of us. Too many of
us sleepwalk through our lives, focusing on trivial
matters ("that car took my parking place") and get
locked into narrow ways of thinking ("my way is the
Heraclitus' advice is to wake up to the wonders of our
existence. What amazing things do you grasp? That
the sun rose this morning and you're alive to enjoy it?
That plants contain the pigment chlorophyll that allows
them to store the sun's energy? That ingredients in the
bark of the cinchona tree can combat the deadly
effects of malaria? That your car brakes work virtually
every time you use them? That compassion between
human beings isn't all that rare? That wind chimes
evoke childhood memories of spring rain? As scientist
Lewis Thomas put it, "Statistically, the probability of
one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of
existence should keep us all in a state of contented
dazzlement" (von Oech, 2002, p. 94-95).
Reference: von Oech, R. (2002). Expect the
Unexpected (or you won't find it): a creativity tool
based on the ancient wisdom of heraclitus. New York:
The Free Press.
Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership
Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3114. http://leadershi
||COACHING CALL TO ACTION
Do you see the magic in your life?
This week as
you go about the routines of your daily life, take a little
time to be in awe. What surrounds us is truly amazing!
June 20, 2004
Dads, Happy Father's Day!
Sunday is Father's Day. Take the time to honor
this important role you play. As Shakespeare said, "It is
a wise father that knows his own child."
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