7 Wonders of My World

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” ~Walter Streightiff

Remember learning about the Seven Wonders of the World when you were in grade school? I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately as one of my best friends is in China right now and just visited the Great Wall. It’s included on one of the many lists of the wonders of the world…and there are many lists: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and of the Modern World; there are the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and of the Industrial World. I’m sure there are more, but those are the ones most commonly referred to.

As breathtaking as many of these wonders are—I even hope to visit all of them in my lifetime—there are so many wonders in my world that I don’t have to leave home to appreciate:

The Seven Wonders of My World

1.  My body. It boggles my mind with the things it does without any direction from me—like pumping 1.3 gallons of blood per minute to keep me alive. Like taking the food I eat and creating energy from it. Like creating another human being from the union of a single egg and single spermatozoan. And it never ceases to amaze me that with my body I can see, smell, taste, touch and hear.

2.  My children. I’m in awe of how they have grown and developed inside and out since they were born. How do little babies who start out weighing 7 or 8 pounds grow to outweigh and tower over me? They inspire me with their deep thoughts on love and possibility. They teach me every day about the goodness of life.

3.  My mind. I love that with my mind I can choose my thoughts; that I can choose the filter through which I view life. In my work as a coach, I call this context. Our context of life gives us our experience and quality of life. For example, if you believe that life is dangerous and people are cruel, you’ll find evidence to support this at every turn. On the other hand, if you believe that life is beautiful and people are loving, you will easily collect evidence that this is true. So your context is definitive and decisive. That we get to choose our context is wondrous!

4.  Music. I marvel at how music can move me to tears. Listening to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is a spiritual experience for me. I feel beauty, heartbreak, love, and loss all at the same time. Listening to Madonna’s “4 Minutes” makes my body twitch and, without fail, I must dance when I hear it—even if it means dancing from the waist up while driving buckled up in the car! Music is miraculous.

5.  Mother Nature. Where to begin? The ocean speaks to me in a secret language that only my soul understands. Its mystery calls to me one moment and frightens me the next. Always, its beauty and power take my breath away. The sun touches not only my skin, but places deep within me that nothing else can. The wind, the sun, the sand, the moon—I treasure them all!

6.  Flight. I don’t think anyone describes this miracle better than comedian Louis CK: “Did you fly through the air—incredibly—like a bird? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight? You’re flying! It’s amazing. Everybody on every plane should just constantly be going, ‘Oh, my God! Wow!’ You’re sitting in a chair in the sky. New York to California in five hours. It used to take 40 years to do that! And a bunch of you would die on the way there, and have a baby. You’d be a whole different group of people by the time you got there!” Exactly. What he said.

7.  The Internet. I can’t begin to understand how the Internet works, I am simply grateful that it does. Remember when we had to consult maps for directions? Or let our fingers do the walking when we needed phone numbers? Or had to go to the store to buy our music? Now, we have the Internet for those things and so much more. Most significantly, the Internet has made us a global village. We can communicate instantaneously with loved ones on the other side of the planet. We can make friends and exchange ideas with people we might never have known existed, just as I am writing and speaking to you now.

What are the Seven Wonders of Your World? Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 5/2011


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