Wired for Wonder

July 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”

– Walt Streightiff

Wondering takes on so many forms. When we think of small children we could all highlight many of their daily thoughts, words or actions that personify the quote above. The questions. Their imaginary play. The energy and enthusiasm. Their love of games. The exploration, discoveries and firsts. Pure joy. Innovative experiments. Their persistence, creativity, spontaneity and letting go of certainty. Empowered action and being completely present in the moment. And the list could go on.

So how do our experiences along our journey of potential affect our awareness and appreciation of the limitless wonders that exist in the everyday?

I was so excited when I discovered the ‘Wired for Wonder’ conference that is being held in Sydney in just under two weeks time. I have for a long time wanted to hear American researcher Brene Brown speak live. When I saw that she would be part of this event, along with an inspiring and diverse list of speakers, I jumped at the opportunity to book tickets.

The title of the conference really resonated, both professionally and personally. I strive to embody as well as foster through our programs the Explore Discover Act way, exploring the possibilities, discovering your potential and acting authentically. This process taps into the theme of the conference, that each and every one of us are wired for wonder.

I look forward to being inspired. I look forward to being challenged. I look forward to building connections. I look forward to sharing what I have the privilege to experience at the conference within the Explore Discover Act community.

Consider how this quote below from Brene Brown’s book ‘Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead’ could assist us when reflecting on the question I posed at the beginning of this post.

“After doing this work for the past twelve years and watching scarcity ride roughshod over our families, organizations, and communities, I’d say the one thing we have in common is that we’re sick of feeling afraid. We want to dare greatly. We’re tired of the national conversation centering on “What should we fear” and “Who should we blame?” We all want to be brave.”

– Brene Brown (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead)

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