Week Five of Arianna Huffington’s #ThriveOCourse is all about reaching out to others and being present in our lives. Let’s face it, we are consummate multi-taskers. It’s like we don’t feel productive unless we are doing five things at once. In all our ‘doing’, we aren’t still enough to truly ‘be’. Being is what we should all really strive for. It’s from this place of calm that we allow wonder and all the little miracles available to us each moment. Success is a moving target. When we can find joy in each moment, we cultivate happiness. Click To Tweet
“Happiness is the joy we feel when we move towards our potential. “ ~ Arianna Huffington
Here are some ways you can take time to wonder:
- Give your full attention to an everyday task and see it in a new way. For example, when doing dishes, take time to feel the water and suds going over your hands or notice the smell of the soap. When walking your dog or just walking in general, feel mother earth with every step you take. Notice the wind and the blowing leaves on the trees around you. Notice the bird sounds. Just be aware of your surroundings and see how you can create more wonder in your life.
- Make a connection with someone you would normally just pass by. We pass so many people in a given day and don’t give it a second thought. Spending a few moments making eye contact and saying hello to someone is a profoundly simple way to reach out to others.
I make it a daily practice to take a daily routine and see it in a new way. I do this with walks, showers, eating and drinking. I see gratitude in all things. I give thanks and visualize healing and positive energy as I do these things. Being an introvert at heart, reaching out to others, especially strangers, is something that would challenge me. Here’s how I made connections with others in ways I normally wouldn’t have:
- After having a few days off work, one of my radiation techs, Ray, was back at work. I took time to ask Ray where we went. Turns out he went hiking at the Grand Canyon. We talked about his adventure and the fact that this was on his bucket list and felt really good doing it. Tired, but good. Interestingly, on this day Ray called me Sunshine when my treatment was over. I told him that was my childhood nickname that my dad used to call me. Ray said he never calls people that. It just came to him. Hummmmm. I think my dad wanted to let me know he was with me.
- While at chemo last week, I saw a grandma in the waiting room picking up her infant grandson and holding him every so closely. Then, she was engaged with her toddler granddaughter who was drawing a picture. I asked her what kind of cancer she had and, as many sitting along chemo row do, she shared her battle with breast, pancreas and bone cancer. We talked about faith and how important this is to our healing. I felt this immense connection with her as a mother and prayed that she live a long life to see her grandkids grow up and have amazing relationships with them as my mom did with my kids. Her energy was strong and I felt her fight within.
How can you be fully present with a task you would normally do subconsciously? Who can you make a connection with today that you would otherwise pass by? I’d love to hear how this changes your day and outlook.
Take time to wonder!