June 18, 2013

Have You Lost Your WOW Factor?

When's the last time you saw a kitten and found it incredible?  How about the wonder of a ruby red strawberry?  This is a a normal occurrence for my son Moses, as you can see in this video.

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I don't have many memories as a young baby.  I don't remember the first time I took a step or said my first word, but I do remember the first time I flew up into the sky in an airplane.  I thought someone had taken my body and doused it in icy-hot—the wonder and excitement tingled in every cell of my body as we sailed up high over my little Texas town.

I remember the first time I held a boys hand under the table in kindergarden, believing I might spontaneously combust at any moment.

IMG_2621 I remember my very first Strawberry Shortcake bike, and how big I felt when hopping on the red banana seat and riding around for hours.

As a mother, I'm tasked with the fabulous role of teaching my son Moses the ropes of life.  But when I stop and watch, I realize that I'm not always the teacher.  He reveals an innocence that should never be forgotten–that place where we get to be fascinated once again, leaving the land of the familiar.

One of the amazing things about children is their wonder for discovery.  Every day there's something new to be learned and  fabulous to discover.  Like mud.  Or chocolate.  Or baseball games.  The older we get as adults, the more we begin to lose our wonder, simply because there is less and less to discover about the world.  And sometimes the things we have discovered aren't wonderful at all.

Today, I started to feel sorry for myself on our family walk down to Starbucks.  I started to think about the fact that I'm 35 years old and still living in an apartment in LA, when I long for the walls of my own house.  I started to think about how we travel so much we rarely get to see our other friends who also travel so much.  I started to think about how we wrecked both of our cars in the last 4 weeks, and all the time and energy it's going to take to replace one and get the other fixed.  I started thinking about how I chopped 6 inches off of my hair  yesterday and feel slightly naked.  I started thinking about how the cleanse I ordered off of Groupon seems to be working a bit too well, because I have to make mad-dashes into bathrooms several times a day.

And then, Moses saw a leaf.

“Wooooooooooooooow!” he exclaimed loudly, looking up at me with those big, blue eyes and heart-melting smile.

I wanted to say, “Buddy, it's just a leaf.  There are millions of them everywhere.  It's not that special.”  “Buddy, getting a new car would be a ‘Wow.'  Finally getting a house and planting roots would be a ‘Wow.'  Figuring out where we belong deserves a ‘Wow.'  Making a million dollars….now there's your ‘Wow'!”

And just like that……I got hit with the reality that the world had become all too familiar. And once again, my son was the teacher.

I had lost my wonder.

I looked at my beautiful little street in Toluca Lake, palm trees swaying in the breeze with pink, white, purple, and gold flowers cascading over white picket fences.  I looked at our beautiful apartment where we get to live above and beside some of our best Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 9.59.26 PMfriends, sharing a yard, a fountain, a hot tub, and heaps of memories.  I drank in the sunshine that never seems to end here in Southern California.  And I looked to my side at my best friend, my Studhub, carrying our son on his shoulders as if it was the greatest thing he'd ever done.

All of a sudden, the black and white of familiar exploded into the technicolor world of wonder, and I saw, once again, all that I had.

“Wooooooooooooow,” I whispered silently under my breath.

Moses looked up at me and smiled, mimicking my words again and again.

Thanks, buddy, for always reminding me.

Everything is a ‘wow' if you let it be.




Have you lost your wonder?  Have you forgotten your ‘Wow?'  Has the familiar become too familiar, letting hopelessness, lack, and frustration creep its way in?  

Take a moment and look at what's in front of you as if you were seeing it for the first time.  

Isn't the internet an UNBELIEVABLE invention?  Isn't coffee the greatest beverage ever?  Isn't it incredible how we can talk into a little metal object and someone on the other side of the world can hear and see us?  Isn't it awesome that Crispy Creme Donuts exist?  Isn't it amazing that we live in a day in age where we can chase our dreams?  Go to baseball games?  Get manicures/pedicures?  Fly all over the world?

If you look for the ‘Wow,' they're everywhere.  

Take 2 minutes and get your WOW back. 











7 Responses to “Have You Lost Your WOW Factor?”

  1. Nomgqibelo Bogatsu

    And isn’t it amazing that we have blogs that enable people like you to share valuable lessons with people all over the world (like South Africa lol)… Wooooooooooooooow!!! Thanks Christa

  2. Chelsea

    Mrs. Christa, this is beautiful and hit me like a train u could say this morning. I’m too busy into my eating disorder and self harming again instead of looking at the things God has right in front of me that are gifts. Again, thank you <3

  3. Sandra

    I had my woooooooooow moment yesterday when my cats both lay in the same position (witch they never do) and they let me take a picture of it (normaly when I reach for my camara they move)

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