Gratitude and Awe

November 22, 2016

by Carla Johnson

“When its over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
– Mary Oliver

If I had to choose between all hedonic pleasures life has to offer, I’d choose travel.

Travel brings out the awe-struck child in me. We live in a world that’s become so small through technology that it takes mere seconds to speak with someone on the other side of the globe. We can travel to places in hours that used to take years. Travel reminds me to feel gratitude for the life I live and the work I do.

Feelings of gratitude and awe get lost in our everyday lives. We’re caught up with deadlines, bureaucracy and daily irritations. This makes us blind to the things that are important.

Filmmaker, futurist and epiphany addict Jason Silva points out that once we create a comfort zone we rarely step out of it. It’s called hedonic adaptation. When we are repeatedly exposed to the same stimuli, we become numb to it. It becomes invisible.

During this week when Americans are reminded to be thankful, I’d like to share one of my favorite videos from Jason titles, simply, Awe.

Happy Thanksgiving, and may this week of gratitude turn into a year of awe.

Photo credit: Flickr user Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

About Carla Johnson


Carla Johnson is a world-renowned storyteller, an entertaining speaker, and a prolific author.

Over the last two decades, Carla has helped architects and actuaries, executives and volunteers, innovators and visionaries leverage the art of storytelling to inspire action. Her work with Fortune 500 brands has served as the foundation for many of her books.

In her latest project, Fast Forward Files, she contributes to a larger collection of thoughts by some of the world’s greatest minds -  Shazam co-founder Dhiraj Mukherjee, activist and entrepreneur Heather Mills and behavioral designer, technologist and mental-health champion Peter Trainor. Consistently named one of the top influencers in B2B, digital and content marketing, Carla regularly challenges conventional thinking. 

Today, she travels the world teaching anyone (and everyone) how to cultivate idea-driven teams that breed unstoppable creativity and game-changing innovation.