Graham🐝 Edwards en Leadership, Communications and journalism, beBee in English Consulting Principal • GPEStratagem 7/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 2,1K

Never lose your sense of wonder, or in other words...

never lose your sense of feeling surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. 

I was reminded of this recently when I found myself exploring the local aquarium. As a land dwelling biped, by definition anything under the sea is foreign... as well as curious, fascinating, different, and worthy of any and all attention; if only for the astonishing way oxygen is extracted from the water to breathe. 

With all this wonder in front of me, as incredulous as it may seem, I actually became weary of it all... and sad say, rather quickly.

Big fish, little fish, fat fish, skinny fish, flat fish, fish with teeth, fish without teeth... hey look, a shark, and another, and another; it seemed I had seen it all before - I WAS BORED

As if the universe sensed my impertinence, I turned a corner and was introduced to Chrysaora quinquecirrha
What I saw were dozens of them floating in the currents of their tank, backlit in blue. I simply stared in WONDER - And shortly after that, a small wave of humiliation washed over me.

Chrysaora quinquecirrha*

Never lose your sense of wonder, or in other words...

My wonder, particularly after watching a Chrysaora quinquecirrha find its way (with an awesome soundtrack added*) should be obvious, but perhaps not the reason for my humiliation. 

Simply put, this small creature put me to shame for my ARROGANCE in believing I had seen it all before, knew it all, and simply wasn't savouring this amazing experience we call the human condition.

I was reminded that having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance, knowledge or abilities is limiting. 

It limits you with regard to - 

  • Stretching yourself and understanding more.
  • Seeing things you have not seen before.
  • Experiencing new things.
  • Moving beyond your comfort zone.
  • Connecting with people who look at the world differently.
  • self reflection.
  • Experiencing the human condition to the fullest.

So with my newly minted Chrysaora quinquecirrha video, I am forever reminded to "Never lose my sense of wonder"... as well as appreciate and savour the moments that come my way.


* The sound track to the Chrysaora quinquecirrha is performed by The Mediaeval Baebes - Blow Northern Wind from the album The Rose.

Graham🐝 Edwards 13/11/2016 · #10

#9 Thanks for your comment @Katja Bader. I will check out your buzz for sure !

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Katja Bader 8/11/2016 · #9

Yes, so true. From time to time we should put our focus on the small and unspectaculary things near us. We can find so many beauty and magic in them if our minds and eyes are open. Please have a look at my buzz "Take care of your childishness".

Graham🐝 Edwards 8/11/2016 · #8

#4 Thanks for the comment @James McElearney... I'm forever learning things from my daughter.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 8/11/2016 · #7

#3 Thanks for the comment @Praveen Raj Gullepalli... judgemental is a great addition to the list.

Graham🐝 Edwards 8/11/2016 · #6

#2 Thanks for the comment @Laura Mikolaitis. I also like the reminder "Wonder is everywhere; especially when we open our eyes and hearts to it."... thanks!

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Graham🐝 Edwards 8/11/2016 · #5

#1 Thanks for the comment @mohammed khalaf

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James McElearney 8/11/2016 · #4

What a fantastic buzz Graham, we so often take things for granted as human beings, we think we've been there, done that, worn the t-shirt. Sometimes when we stop and take the time to really look, and let ourselves fall in to the moment, is when we realise what is really around us. It incredible to think we know more about outer space then we do of our own oceans. We discover new species on a daily basis and many of the things we take for granted are the things that make this planet such an awe inspiring place. As adults it's too easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and we lose that sense of wonder we all have as kids. I'm pretty sure we can learn as much from our kids as they can from us

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli 8/11/2016 · #3

That is so true dear Graham. To quote you: ''I was reminded that having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance, knowledge or abilities is limiting''. In addition to the seven consequences/side effects you mentioned, i think it also makes a person judgemental. When the sense of wonder ceases, the layers (one, few or all) of cynicism, satire(unwarranted), prejudice, presumption, intolerance, envy, condescension, etc fog the perspective, befuddling one's very reasoning mind. One jumps to hasty (and nasty) conclusions, causing bitterness and pain to himself and hurt to others who are just being awed and are dealing with the magnificence of what nature can do to one's heart and mind the best they can and trying to express it! I have seen this happen in recent times here and was shocked and dismayed at how things can get so totally skewed out of perspective just because one has lost the sense of wonder. I quote from a meme I read recently - Some folks hurt you and then act like you hurt them! ;)