Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Restore wonder and enthusiasm

Today I'm flying back home after spending a week with my youngest son, daughter-in-law and two youngest grandchildren. We celebrated my granddaughter's Golden Birthday—9 on September 9th. What a delightful time!

What I notice about these two young children is their boundless curiosity and endless enthusiasm. They truly jump into life with both feet, gathering all the new experiences and joy they can as they embrace in wonder the world around them. That stands out to me in contrast to so many of us as we age; we can too easily get stuck in routines and rituals that we've done in the same way for years. The mantra often can become, "But I've always done it this way."

So right now I'm challenged to look at my life and see what's getting a bit stale. What am I missing by doing the same-old, same-old? Might I restore wonder and curiosity to my life by truly being open to everything that's out there? Perhaps I'll ratchet up my enthusiasm. Are there some new experiences I can embrace that will re-energize me? And how much more will I bring to my relationships with others around me when I do?

Time for me to take a look and reflect on possibilities!

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