"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand." — Neil Armstrong
When I was a child I saw the magician David Copperfield perform the impossible. He made planes and trains and even the Statue of Liberty disappear! He flew threw the air like a bird! He even walked through the Great Wall of China! He was doing what no one is supposed to be able to do! It was wonderful, literally wonderful; full of wonder!
I believe that performance magic serves as a reminder of the wonder that’s all around us—a wonder that seems to fade away as we grow older and the responsibilities of life jade us into a sense of routine and disillusionment. But is it that the wonder ceases to exist? Or do we just stop looking for it?
My long-time friend and colleague Paul Pinsonnault knows all about wonder. Like me, he’s had a fascination with magic all his life, and his new show entitled Finding Wonder asks the powerful question:
“When was the last time you experienced magic? And what if you could remember how to find magic in the world around you?”
I believe that magic does exist. I’ve experienced it firsthand. I’m not talking about cheap card tricks. Those can be fun, but what I’m talking about is real, awe-inspiring magic that makes you know that there’s something more to this life than what meets the eye. The Magic Word Wonder reminds to slow down and quiet ourselves. When we do we’ll find that Wonder has been there waiting for us this whole time.
What can you do today to experience more wonder in your life?
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Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship that provides knowledge, skills, and resources to help emerging leaders and their influencers experience greater clarity, confidence, courage, and joy in their life, work and relationships through the development of social emotional skills.