He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
Last week, I wrote about the smashing morning I had mentoring on the London Eye.
One of the many things which I loved about the experience was the moment when someone noticed a rainbow over London and we all stopped to look at it. Even in the middle of some great conversations, we had the time and space to delight in this miracle of nature.
Often we are dashing around being busy and don’t have time to notice things. Or else we notice, but think it isn’t cool to point out something which amazes us.
But without wonder, we could miss so many opportunities. People like Leonardo da Vinci, who keenly observed and recorded bird flight and wondered about manned flight, provided a basis for others over the centuries to explore the possibility until the Wright Brothers, who are generally credited with inventing the world’s first successful airplane.
In 1941, George de Mestral returned home after walking his dog. Whilst pulling the burrs out of both their coats, he wondered how they attached themselves to the fabric. In 1955, he got his patent for the ubiquitous Velcro.
When we wonder at something, we can learn. It can make us think, like the burrs, “how is that possible?”, or like the airplanes, “if that is possible, what else can be done?” and take us on to even greater things, such as moon landings. Wonder inspires and delights us, pulls us toward greater ideas, stimulates our thinking and imagination.
This is true in everything, but in creativity, wonder is essential. As Bette Davis once said, “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation”.
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