A Sense of Wonder

by jon on May 13, 2012

Well I just got back from San Francisco for 10 days. It sure is an amazing place out there, and I got to see some very good friends. I did get in a few hikes before I started a workshop this past Monday. The views are pretty breath taking.


I think what I enjoy most about hiking or trail running is the sense of wonder I get with the views. It sure makes time stand still, and I love that feeling where it seems like life is slowing down. I layed down in the grass above for about 30 minutes, and it completely re-centered me. It was another reminder to me that I need to get out hiking more often. It sure is rejuvenating and refreshing to be in outside in nature.

The main purpose of the trip was to attend a seminar in Sausalito with the company Learning as Leadership. It was a workshop called Time and Mastery, and we spent five full days uncovering how our ego can take time away from what is most important in life. I also learned some extraordinary ways to manage time and tasks more efficiently especially with email. Ever feel like email is taking over your life? More on that in a future post. I went to level one of their work back in July. They sure are wonderful people, so I will have to get out a full summary of what I learned in the near future.

I was also on a recent episode of A Healthier Charlotte below on corporate wellness.  My interview starts at 13:37, where Bobby DeMuro makes me crack up at the start. I don’t really start talking until 18:52 just in case you wanted to scroll ahead. A special thanks to the wonderful people at CLT Blog who continue to post these shows. Also, my good friend Kelly Davis has a great segment starting at 11:38 on some quick healthy breakfast ideas. She could be my long lost sister. Ha.

The link below is a radio interview I did with Bobby on the impact of volunteering. We sure were flowing during the interview, and I always have a blast getting to talk with Bobby.

Interview on WBT Radio

I start my new job at the Center for Intentional Leadership on Wednesday, and I couldn’t be more excited to get started. 10 days to reflect out west sure has given me an amazing sense of wonder about the future. I sure am ready to get moving forward! Have a great week and enjoy one more picture below. Who does that? Ha.


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Bobby DeMuro May 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

You gotta ditch this idiot Bobby…..

No seriously, bro, San Fran is killer. We’ve gotta talk about it this week sometime. Glad to see you killed it out there, and you know it’s gonna function well once you come back and get your feet wet in CLT!


jon May 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I know. Who is this Bobby guy????


Jocelyn May 14, 2012 at 1:49 am

I love this for so many reasons!
I find it so vital (and rewarding!) to live daily with a sense of wonder. An excerpt from one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver is practically a mission statement for living this way:
“When it’s 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…”

I, too, love nature in particular as a place to experience that wonder. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful parks and running trails in my town. I also backpacked through South America a couple months ago and just sat amidst some of the most awe-inspiring views in Patagonia. I still make use of those mental snapshots when I need them ; )

San Fran is a fantastic city, so fun that you got to enjoy it. If you’re into the half marathon distance at all, their race over the Golden Gate is definitely one to check out!

Thanks for the great post!


jon May 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Jocelyn! I love your poem. Can I be a groom married to amazement? I bet Patagonia was incredible. I would love to get out there someday. Maybe you can email me some pictures. Thanks again for reading and glad we have connected!


Carole Levy May 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

It was great to have your reflective and warm presence in the workshop! Enjoy your new career!


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