Awe

awe

[aw]
noun
1.

an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration,fear, etc., produced by that which is grand,sublime, extremely powerful, or the like.
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Dear readers, I have to say that it is truly wonderful to be a human being. For many reasons. Not the least of which is our ability to be self-aware. Even as you read this, you can easily imagine yourself looking down at yourself as you gaze at the screen. Other animals can’t do this. That’s why cats and dogs get so confused by mirrors. They have no concept of themselves as separate entities.

What a gift this is! Because of this self-awareness, we are also able to be very aware of others as well. We can be in awe. We can appreciate skill and kindness and talent and compassion. We can try to be better people based on what we see as valuable qualities in those we admire.

I absolutely love to be in awe of other people, because it means I’m open to possibilities. It means that it isn’t over for me. There’s always something to strive for, something to aspire to.

And if, like me, you believe in the interconnectedness of all things, then being in awe is even more priceless, because it means that there are things in this wholeness of which we are a part that are pure and good and wonderful to behold. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel really good about me, and about all of us.

Just something to think about during your next traffic jam.

Awe
Awe? Awwwww… [Image credit: psychologytoday.com]
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9 thoughts on “Awe

  1. lyn sutton

    What awes me…you don’t have to imagine yourself looking down at yourself …you can astro project and actually watch yourself…just don’t tell anyone you did.
    Naw…the opposite of awe? 🙂

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