Creative people are sometimes accused of living in a fantasy world, far out of reach of reality. Perhaps you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve been told your imagination is too big for your own good, and you should stop dreaming before you fall too far down the rabbit hole.
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, I’ve often been chastised for not choosing a “real career”; for thinking outside the box and making the decision to enter the Perilous Realm. I’ve been looked down on for pouring myself into writing instead of “doing life”. But what if these things—the fanciful and the practical don’t have to be at war with each other?
I’ve been so tired lately—I’m just going to be honest. Between working extra hours and preparing for Christmas, my blogging game has suffered this week. I realized I needed to prioritize rest over the weekend, in order to make room for creativity to blossom again. It was hard to say no to writing, but in the end, it turned out to be the right decision. However, I still want to drop in here to connect with you, and share one of my favorite ways to relax and inspire wonder.
I love music. It’s amazing, the magic of unspoken notes, able to swirl and tangle with the heart in such a deep and mysterious way. The ability of music to speak to the human soul is incredible, and it’s one of my favorite ways to simply relax and connect with Wonder. So today, I want to share some of the most magical soundtracks of all time for you to enjoy during the holiday season.
We live in an increasingly cynical world: a world filled with division, obsessed with offense, and infused with an acute lack of gratitude. This is the sort of thing that kills Wonder.
Traditionally, Christmas is about embracing Wonder. It’s about seeing magic, seeing hope, finding joy. It’s about the connection of a holy God to a fallen man, and the great mystery of love. And yet, increasingly, it’s become cool to be annoyed with Christmas.
The pursuit of Wonder is not for cowards. It’s a journey deep into the Perilous Realm of life, curiosity, and—ultimately—truth. To follow after Wonder is one of the most daring things a person can do in a world bent on the security of small living.
If we want to live truly incandescent lives, we must pursue Wonder. We must heed the call and gather our courage: courage to see beyond, to go where others will not; to seek truth and beauty and share it with the world. This is a call for heroes.
We’ve discussed the purpose of Wonder. Now it’s time to talk about the power of Wonder. Its presence is all around us, every day, stirring us; demanding to be felt. Without it, our souls would be parched, unable to create.
The power of Wonder is magnetic, yet somehow intimidating. It’s magical, and yet to fully embrace it—to allow it to carry you into the Perilous Realm—is terrifying, because if you are going to dare to wonder, you must also be ready to let go. After all, this is the call of something wild.
I want to take a little while to make a study of Wonder. What is its purpose? The purpose of reaching out to the fringes of your mind and searching for answers to questions that whisper in the silence? Why this grand adventure?
We were made to wonder; made for awe, for inspiration. Indeed, we were created to create—to explore, to discover, and to make an attempt at understanding and communicating the depth and the richness of our magnificent world. Yet the value—the purpose of Wonder goes much deeper than we imagine.
I’ve talked before about how creativity—the thirst of our souls for wonder and beauty—is a part of us all. It’s something we were born with; something we connect to in our innermost beings. The magic of imagination is not just the talent of a few, as we sometimes tell ourselves, but in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “[It is] the health of every man.”
Did you get that? Imagination is health. Health. And not just for those people we refer to as “creatives”, but for everyone. Something we often write off as a pastime or a mere hobby is actually critical to our mental wellbeing. And not only that—creativity is absolutely vital to personal development and growth for several reasons. When we neglect to foster it, we don’t mature.