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


Carla is a world-renowned storyteller, an entertaining speaker, and a prolific author. Having lived, worked, and studied on five continents, she's partnered with top brands and conferences to train thousands of people how to rethink the work that they do and the impact they can have. Her visionary expertise has inspired and equipped leaders at all levels to embrace change, welcome new ideas, and transform their business.

Her work with Fortune 500 brands served as the foundation for many of her books. Her tenth, RE:Think Innovation, is a #1 new release that busts the myth that innovation is something that requires a specific degree or special training. In fact, Carla explains why, to be a successful company in today's hyper-competitive, customer-driven world, innovation must be everyone's business. Her goal is to teach one million people how to become innovators by 2025.

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.