There was a time when we once joyfully raised our hand high to answer every question, connected more easily with others around us, believed that anything was possible and fearlessly jumped into new experiences. There was a time when we experienced our days, not as something to endure, but as a marvelous gift to absorb and savor. There was a time when we danced through our days with childlike wonder, IN AWE of the experience of the moment and excited for the promise of tomorrow.
Unfortunately, many of us experience life very differently today.
The pace of change has never been so stunningly rapid, yet it will never be this slow again. With engagement within our professional organizations waning and burnout rising, many of us find ourselves caught in a life of dogged responsibility and mind-numbing repetition; we feel disconnected and burned out. Social media reminds us we don’t measure up and mainstream media barrages us with constant negativity. The years of test-taking, relentless striving toward someone else’s goals, and the daily struggle to earn a living, have caused us to lose the sense of wonder that we once awoke with every day.
In his latest book, IN AWE, John O’Leary invites us to return to the joy of navigating life like a child. He identifies the five senses children innately possess, explains why those senses fade, and shares emotional, humorous and inspirational stories of how we can return to them. These senses provide the tools to help us rediscover the childlike qualities of wonder, expectancy, immersion, belonging and freedom that allow us to live life more fully, power past today’s perceived challenges and reignite our lives.
These five senses flourish in children, fade as we age, but there’s reason for hope: the damage is reversible.
Strengthened by the past, and empowered for the future, IN AWE shows us how to seek fresh insights, reach for new solutions, connect with those around us, and live our best lives.
It’s time to relearn what we once knew was possible. It’s time to live IN AWE.