I had one of life’s happy accidents this morning. I was reading someone’s blog and they misspelled a word that took me off on a track I would have not gone on to without spotting their error.
He wrote that he “wondered off” when he meant to write “wandered off.”
We all wander off. We leave the present and we revisit the past or mentally wander into the future. It’s an every day occurrence. Too much wandering cheats us out of lots of life because life always happens now. Whatever is going on now is your life.
When you catch yourself aimlessly wandering off, here’s something that you can do that will not only bring you back to the present, but it will also engage your creativity and add more fullness to your life – Wondering off.
The late Dr. Dave Dobson taught us about the magic contained in the word, “Wonder.” Wondering engages our creative energy. When you wonder, you are exploring possibilities subconsciously, or as Dave liked to say, “Other than consciously.”
“Wondering off” is simply asking yourself a question and then going about your life while your creative part works on an answer.
Here’s the difference between wandering off and wondering off: Wandering takes you to the same places you’ve already been; wondering opens new doors.
It’s a more productive use of your time to wonder rather than wander. When you catch yourself wandering off, you could ask yourself a purposeful question like this: “I wonder what I could do now that would be more useful than wandering off?” Then just go about your day and notice what your creativity delivers.
The key is to catch yourself wandering and then interrupt it with wondering. In investment terms, wondering is making deposits and reaping dividends; wandering is spending all your money on depreciable assets and depleting your account.
Make a deposit into your creativity bank today and wonder about something. That doesn’t mean to “think about it”; that’s just wandering. Wondering is asking yourself a question and then letting it go as you go about your day. By making this activity a practice, you will discover the miracle of compound interest as your creativity works behind the scenes.
Wonder before you go off to sleep, or as you head out for a walk, or just before you’re about to go into some quiet time. You can wonder anytime you choose. Alternatively, wandering chooses you.
Make the choice to wonder rather than wander and see how much more life you can live.
All the best,
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