When We Live in Awe

June 17, 2013

A sunrise over the ocean. A star-filled sky over a campfire. A giggle from a fussy baby. A speech to one, or one million, that moves you to action. A hand holding yours through a trial. A tear-filled farewell to a loved one. A puppy chasing a ball across a polished wood floor. A majestic bird taking flight. The truth is, awe is everywhere.

In fact, awe is within you. It’s the feeling of wonder, the spirit of curiosity, the sense of hope and the remarkable inspiration that drives you to live this moment with passion. When we allow ourselves to fall into stagnancy, succumb to criticism and “settle” for less from our existence, we slip from awe to awful.

So, I took a quiet week away from blogging to really stand in awe of my surroundings, to be in awe of the people I meet and to see where awe lives within my spirit.

What I found is that I am in complete awe of nature. The unaltered beauty, the majesty of creation, the impact of time, the power of the elements and the way it plays with the light. Even a rocky terrain has awe carved into its very form.

Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road

Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road

I am in awe of people. Birth announcements, wedding anniversaries, overcoming depression, starting a new career, standing up for the underdog, opening a door, laughing from belly to crown and connecting with strangers. Individuals awe me constantly, with their unique talents and views.

Aboriginal portrait at National Gallery of Victoria

Aboriginal portrait at National Gallery of Victoria

I am in awe of birds. The chuckling song of a cocobarra, the zealous scavenging of a seagull, the flapping frenzy of a cockatoo, the dance of a fantail and the constant twitter of song from the trees. Few marvels equal the melodies and instinctual music of birds being birds.

Crimson Rosella in southern Australia

Crimson Rosella in southern Australia

I am in awe of the sun. From breathtaking sunrise to magnificent sunset, from cloud-strewn skies of lit gray to cloudless skies blazing bright, I soak up the warmth, I feel the kinship and I know the impact on all living things. I speak to this traveling friend in play and awe.

Facing sunrise

Facing sunrise

I find awe in every day; therefore, I hold unbridled hope for everyone and every thing. During my week of awe exploration, I even discovered awe in myself, including my buoyant maneuverability while snorkeling, the landscape of my creative musings, the joy of my company and the depth of my heart. Be in awe, friends. It’s liberating, humbling and a natural companion to hope.

Awe drawn in the sand

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