I must start by apologizing for being a bit quiet this month, but it is for a good reason. I have been very busy behind the scenes working on an in-depth article about children and awe for Parent.Co.
In The Power of Awe: Why Our Children Need More and How to Ensure They Get It, I explain what awe is, when we feel it, how it transforms us, and how we can give our children more opportunities to experience awe in their lives. I encourage you to read it, study it, share it, leave a comment, and try out the many suggestions for exposing our children to more awe.
I thought it would be fun to share our top three most amazing awe moments. Please include yours in the comments section below. Here are mine:
- My children’s existence. Having my children was a challenging adventure, to say the least. I still find myself on most days looking in their eyes and feeling complete and utter awe and gratitude, and even shock, that they are here and part of our family.
- Helicopter ride in Hawaii during our honeymoon. I was so incredibly frightened to take that helicopter ride, and trembled the entire time, but it was worth it to see the most gorgeous nature I have ever witnessed in person.
- Redwoods. I studied the environment in college and worked in the environmental field for many years. To be able to see the grandiose Redwood trees in person was a very inspiring moment.
Also, please enjoy these profound quotes about awe:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. (Anonymous)
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. (John Milton)
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. (Albert Einstein)
Awe is a sense for transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things. It enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine. …to sense the ultimate in the common and simple: to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. What we cannot comprehend by analysis, we become aware of in awe. (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. (Jenna Fischer’s character Pam Halpert during the series finale of “The Office”.
What are your top three awe moments?