DailyGood.org is a favorite site of mine. It takes life, slows it down, and teaches me how to give it more substance and deep down quality. It makes me ponder my existence. We all need that periodically. Maybe we need it more often than that.
This post stopped me longer than most, “Why We Need To Cultivate Awe In The Workplace.” http://www.dailygood.org/story/1342/why-we-need-to-cultivate-awe-in-the-workplace-homaira-kabir/
Humans crave to be part of something larger than self . . . and once we think about it, we actually call it awe. We teach it to our children, or in many cases, we remember it by watching our children as they feel the excitement of experiencing life larger than themselves.
Awe is akin to soul. I believe that when we sense something bigger than ourselves, when awe stops us in our tracks, we are tapping into our soul. We allow that door to open a tad, letting out emotion we are often afraid to embrace. As adults we tend to guard ourselves, fearful of letting down the wall.
As stated in this piece, when we sense awe, “We see our fragility and vulnerability, which gives us a profound sense of humility.” We don’t like feeling fragile or vulnerable, and all too often, we let that fear inhibit us in how we write, how we publish, and how we market ourselves.
Yet, we are “in awe” of those authors who dare to write a daring tale, expose their inner thoughts, and throw themselves before the public’s eye. And the author who writes the memorable story is revered more than the author who wrote 15 stories and made money, though we cannot recall the characters.
We should strive to be in awe of our work, and awe-struck by others. Instead of production, maybe we ought to focus on our power to seek and create awe. After all, wouldn’t you rather be remembered for the one, lone book than the fact you published a lot of forgettable stories? Or maybe you can find a place in the middle, but to do so, you need to slow down and think about the quality you produce . . . and let the quantity sit on the back burner for the time being. It’s about the awe-some moment you give a reader . . . and yourself.