“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
― Carl Sagan
That sense of awe, of anticipation. What lies around the corner? What will change my life tomorrow?
Carl Sagan, of course, was talking about science, and presumably, discovery. Yet there are things each of us have yet to uncover in our own lives that can turn the tide for us, bring us great joy and satisfaction, and give us hope in the thought of a new day. Discovery in the ordinary.
Imagine being eight months old again, and the whole world is new. In some ways, that still can be true. There is still more out there we don’t know than we do, more to learn than we can ever know. And while most of it doesn’t have the power to change our lives, just learning it does. The power of the process of education.
And having that sense of awe certainly changes you.
It’s easy, and safe, to become cynical as we grow older. It almost seems wise. We look at the little ones around us and call those wide eyes “the child-like look of wonder” equating “child-like” with “naive, vulnerable.” Yet imagine being able to just sit somewhere and watch the magic of something incredible reveal itself.
Perhaps in sitting still you’ll learn something you’ve never dreamed of before.
There are times in our lives we don’t know why we’re “on hold.” Are we meant to discover during those times? Discovery inherently means you don’t seek particular information, because you don’t know what’s out there. You simply start seeking.
Follow the course of knowledge where it leads you.
Of course at a point your discovery may lead you to understand there is a path of information you want to pursue. It may open up worlds of further discovery for you.
Or something as mundane as job opportunities.