“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and He gave it to me.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Summer is not just another three months of life. For me, it is a season of wonder with watermelon, freshly cut grass, warm starry nights, crackling bonfires, thunder, and corn-on-the-cob. I expect and allow summer to calm my troubled spirit, restore my perspective, and give me a new glimpse of happiness. The secret is in cultivating an Attitude of Wonder. How do you get an Attitude of Wonder? Start by making a quick mental list right now of the parts of summer that YOU find “wonderful.” What takes your breath away? What hits you with such gratitude that you must stop and savor it? What “wows” you? Expect and allow those items to fill your summer days. They have the power to give you an energizing lift. Normal life doesn’t expect wonder – it expects routine. Normal life doesn’t allow time for savoring – it allows chaos. You can change that this summer! Let this be the time when you: Tune in to what makes you feel alive. Claim an afternoon for yourself. Sharpen your awareness of nature. Dangle your feet on the edge of something. Fan your flame of gratitude. What parts of your life will change when you expect and allow wonder? All of them! When you feel wonderful, everyone around you feels better. I predict you’ll see improved relationships in: Memorable outings and dates with your husband (or wife). More energy and fun with your teenager. Interesting conversations with your coworkers. If you are wishing for coaching in one of these areas of your life READ MORE at http://www.45degrees.org/coaching/. The next time you hear yourself say “wonderful” I hope it has new significance for you. Have a WONDER FILLED summer!