I love this picture. It is from a dad playdate trip to the Science Museum and Cole is standing in such awe of this Dinosaur. My husband said he just stopped and stood there when he saw it, totally amazed at what was in front of him. Every time I see this picture, I get a little reminder about one thing he has taught me: Live In Awe.
I go through my day to get through the day. I watch hours pass by, I think about chores I need to do in the evening, I can’t wait to crawl back into bed. There are days that it is purely an accomplishment to get to the end of the day. But for him, each day is new and exciting. Each day there is something to learn, to see or hear or feel that is worthwhile. There is so much I can learn from that.
Have you noticed kids are amazed at what seem like small things – a big bus going by, a piece of construction equipment, a weed, a moth fluttering around, a bird chirping. I see and hear these things all the time, they are everyday noises or objects. But to him, they are amazing – they are new or interesting or exciting. Granted, some things literally are brand new to him, he maybe has never seen a concrete mixer before, but he sees a garbage truck every single week and still seems pretty pumped about that!
I wonder, when do we lose that?
And why exactly do I want to live in awe in the first place?
Well let’s go back to that kid, seeing the garbage truck for the 8,000th time and still thinks it is so cool – do you see the joy on his face? Do you see the excitement, the anticipation, the gratitude for seeing it? Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a state like that? Of joy, excitement and gratitude? That’s what living in awe does! But somewhere along the lines we begin to be bogged down or pushed down by the world so much that we stop seeing it all.
So how do we get it back? How do we live in awe?
Take in what is around you – after reading this of course, put down your phone, click off the tv. Experience what is going on around you. I spend so much time thinking about my stuff that I don’t always even take in what’s around me. And sometimes I’m looking at my phone so hard, I literally don’t even see or hear what is around me! Start observing more. When you are bored for 3 seconds or waiting for over a whole minute, take a look around instead of pulling out your phone (This is totally advice I need to take myself, I’m terrible at pulling out my phone when I have milliseconds of wait time!)
Get Outside Yourself
Especially today, we are all about instant gratification for me, me, me. Step outside of yourself and what you are worried about or what is on your hit list for the day. It is hard to be in awe of what is around you if all you think about is you! Consciously try to see something from the other person’s perspective. Do something to help someone else. Recognize the work or the effort of another person.
See The Beauty
There is beauty in EVERYTHING around us. Garbage trucks really are pretty cool – they lift up the cans and dump them over. How a bug uses its antenna to find where it is going is really quite amazing. Don’t dismiss anything, ask what is special about that, what is different or unique or interesting. Appreciate that and you’ll find an uptick in your mood.
Be filled with wonder.
Be curious and inspired.
Go Live in Awe!
This is part of a series of blogs focused on what I’ve learned from being a mom of an 18 month old. Being a mom had taught me a lot about priorities, perspective and what is important in life. Watching my newborn, then infant, now toddler interact with the world has given me a different way to see things. What have you learned from being a mom? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!