“I wonder…”

by Jan on November 17, 2011

Brain in Process Illustration

Wisdom begins in wonder.” ~ Socrates

I think about wonder a lot.   Is it hope that leads to wonder?  Or does wonder come before hope?

Recently I heard this piece of wisdom about the power of wonder, and the need for it in our times as Charlie Rose interviewed Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, and one of the world’s financial experts:

“People have to stop talking and start listening. They have to start to wonder. It is the “I wonder…” that makes THE difference in the world.”

Good for him. The surprise is that he’s not just a numbers man, he’s living in a state of wonder. It is probably what has made him so successful. He is a man talking with passion about his life and what he does–sitting on the edge of his seat throughout the whole conversation. It is fantastic to see someone so excited by the possibilities in life.

“The most important thing you can say in life is, “I wonder…”" ~Werner Erhard

Wonder is important for it means we have questions. It is when we question that we can begin to get a fuller answer. It is often the start of creative action. It gives us fresh eyes, brings us that childlike awe and curiosity about all that could be possible in the world. If you follow your wonder, it can lead to living a more passionate life.

Wonder…hmm.

2 comments

We Need More “I Wonder” vs “I’m Bored and Tired” to Make Our Nation/World A Better Place for All.

HOPE ON HOPE, Thanks for your “I Wonder” post to remind us all of these important seeds of true innovation. These two words come easily to most K6 young hearts/minds. Even though our educational system needs to nourish middle/high school youth with these same powerful words to keep the imagination wheels turning, most youth move from “I wonder” to “I’m bored and tired”, as research indicates these are the two main feelings described by US youth regarding their education. Ideally, college/vocational training would still inspire these same words in whatever field students decide to pursue. Alas, by then, very few students hear these words, let alone be in environments that purposefully create curricula and programs systematically around these core words that conjure powerful feelings of discovery, imagination, and possibility-thinking, all of which contribute to a strong motivation to learn, and raise self-efficacy beliefs.

Our pop culture does little to reinforce these words because nationally, we don’t VALUE these words, despite the occasional Charlie Rose interview with a Ray Dalio. That leaves people like YOU to keep these words in the collective consciousness to increase the ripple effect of social media to ignite “I Wonder” in conversations nationally and globally, and most important, in conversations with parents at home and between youth and adults at all times.

NEW Tweet Chat #schools2life and LinkedIn Support Site http://lnkd.in/RaFxZu to Encourage Adults & Youth To Have Conversations

Please drop in on our #schools2life Tweet Chat (2nd/4th Thursday 8Pm EDT USA and read/make comments on our LinkedIn Support Site (above link).

Keep up your efforts HOPE )n HOPE. Our last Tweet CHat was on HOPE. Thanks for your efforts, EdC

by Edward Colozzi on November 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm. #

Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment, Edward. Hope seems to be inherent in a child’s outlook. I wonder: Where and when does that change as they grow older? Something to explore further. Education and pop culture and parenting certainly have large roles to play. So thanks for the encouragement to keep on influencing for good. Back atcha! Let’s all keep the conversation going.

Hope on Hope

by Elizabeth@HopeOnHope on November 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm. #