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Give yourself one hour of wonder today.

Posted 09-25-2009 at 07:54 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 09-25-2009 at 08:02 AM by Sandra Bostwick

The link above is an article I wrote a while back about Wonder. I hope you like it.

On page 8 of How to Be Like Walt, Pat Williams quotes Walt Disney as follows:

'People who have worked with me say I am 'innocence in action.' They say I have the unself-consciousness of a child. Maybe I have. I still look at the world with uncontaminated wonder, and with all living things, I have a terrific sympathy. It was the most natural thing in the world for me to imagine that mice and squirrels might have feelings just like mine."

Can you try to let wonder into your daily routine for just one hour today? Can you let us know how it went?

Some people may say that Walt Disney had his head in the clouds, but the fact is, he was able to turn his wonder and curiosity into momentum and productivity.

The optimist might say he created a fantasy world that delights countless children and adults. The pessimist would, at least, have to admit that he created an empire that turned a pretty impressive profit.

Walt Disney's life involved challenging conditions and limited resources, but his enthusiasm got the job done...and THEN some.

Was he too innocent to realize that the odds were against him every step of the way?

Did he ignore barriers, which somehow helped him to get past them?

Did others describe him as unself-conscious because their judgments, criticisms, and doubts didn't seem to phase him?

We can only speculate on those questions now. Let's see if the hour of wonder that you give yourself today has a gift for you. Please post your thoughts here. If your project is too personal to discuss here, just tell us about your hour of wonder.

Remember, private messages to me keep others from sharing in your success!

Carry on!
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    My one hour of wonder... gets me in trouble everytime. I think like my 3 year old... after painting Stitch and seeing her reaction, I wonder about what would make her smile, little things, (secrets) in everyday place grown ups pay no attention to or walk right past.
    So I am going to paint Jacques and Gus Gus somewhere around the everyday, white baseboards, in a corner that Alice will smile at because she thinks they really are smiling at her... that makes me smile... and that makes me paint. She makes me paint. I could paint for her everyday of my life...
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    OH! Now THAT is a new idea. Please be sure to post a photo of what you paint here. I LOVE IT!
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    Picture Added 09-17-2009 09:19 PM
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    I love this!! Where is this... how can I do it myself? Is this in your office? k... I want it!!! You've inspired me!!
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    I wish it was my office! This is a photo that I lifted from Disney's (Jeff's) album. If you click on added by Disney, you can see his photos. He will be having a photo of the NYC PassPorter meet published in the 2010 PassPorter.
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    Well... I must do it my self if he won't be mad at me! I would love it across the wall at the bottom of my basement stairs! Or across from my bed so it's the first thing I see when I wake up. But maybe on a canvas so I can move it around when I want. Should I go and ask his permission?
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    I think Jeff would be honored if you asked permission. Especially considering the fact that we all know that one day you are going to be a famous artist.
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    If I were to give myself an hour of wonder, I would most likely end up decorating in some type of nature theme, since that is what fills me with the most wonder. Either by using nature prints, or simply nature-inspired colors.
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    Sounds like a great idea!
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