You Can Find the WOW!
Remember Art Linkletter’s TV program, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? When 3rd graders were told that it’s the small moments that make life wonderful, and it’s the little things for which we can be grateful, they responded with Whow! Woow! or was it…WOW! Of course, we are welcome to use any spelling we prefer, because the energy in that exclamation vibrates as amazing, awesome, and other expressions like fabulous. And, we get it without explanation, don’t we?
While we are talking about kids and their expressions, do you remember as a child the word “Owie”, many children commonly used to describe an injury? Clearly knowing they would receive a hug or kiss from mommy or the caregiver, in addition to whatever medical care was necessary. And very often, just the attention of love and empathy to your Owie experience was enough to transform it into less need for medical attention? Isn’t it interesting how a seemingly insignificant incident can spark memories of some long-ago experience?
For some reason, hearing about the 3rd graders response, a memory was triggered of a chorus I use to sing in my early traditional christian days, titled, “I am standing in the Presence of the Lord.” Singing that chorus usually followed a time of prayer and praise, with subsequent tangible awareness of the Presence of God in and around me. My orientation and belief at that time, primarily was of God outside of me somewhere in the distant heaven, who is now present in my awareness as a result of my devotion and worship.
God, Here And Now
This triggered memory had the affect of a WOW moment of gratitude, as it reminded me of my current orientation and belief, which is, wherever I am, God is, and life is wonderful. The title of that chorus (that’s all I can remember), “I am Standing in the Presence of the Lord,” has become a renewed chant singing itself within me, as I express it outwardly going about my various tasks throughout the day. I consciously change the word ‘standing’ to fit whatever it is I am doing, like sitting, walking, driving, brushing my teeth, washing the dishes, etc., In doing so, I am experiencing the awareness of the Divine Presence within me, as me, more tangibly and heightened to the here and right now moment. And, I am noticing that by making the most of this inspirational memory, it is supporting my intention of being more mindful and aware of the present moment.
Look For The Good
Are you waiting to win the lottery or for your ship to come in, before experiencing or expressing your WOW? Is your current life situation evoking within you an Owie of dismay, rather than a WOW of amazement? Rabbi Harold Kushner, writes, “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
No matter what phase, stage, or age we are in, we all have those Owie moments, causing WOW moments at times, to be overlooked. But choosing to be conscious and grateful for the small moments, allows you to hear and respond with WOWs to the whispers of the wonders of God’s love and good that is available within you, desiring to be awakened and expressed through you, as you.
5 Steps To Finding Your WOW
“The good person brings good [WOW] things out of the good [WOW] stored in him/her.” Candy’s paraphrased version of Matthew 12:35
- Be still and listen for the WOW = Whispers Of Wonder
- Acknowledge that it is good to be alive in this day, this place, and this moment with things just as they are.
- Be truly thankful for all that is, and for your opportunity to experience it.
- Look for the good in the person you are with; in the activity you are doing and speak words of praise..
- Savor the process when you can’t have it all now, and be grateful for the small moments, thereby, transforming OWIE into = Oh! Winning Inhabits Empathy Life is wonderful.
Look for the good and praise it. The possibilities for joy and WOW experiences are more abundant now, than ever before. As David the Psalmist said, whether it is light [WOW] or dark [Owie], it is all the same to God, therefore you are NOW and always standing in the Divine Presence of the Lord of your being!
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LOL = Lots Of Love, Candy