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“The highest point a man can obtain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic, and more despairing: Sacred Awe!”

Nikos Kazantzakis, in Zorba the Greek.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Awe is defined as an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.

Fortunately, inspiration is readily available in every direction. The height of the trees, in the amorphous shap-shifting clouds, the color of reflected light, the movement of people, animals and even plants when they move in the wind. The list never ends and that's just among the physical things we can identify and relate to.

The imagination brings a whole new deep well of potential for awe. Spectacular images of the supernatural, past awe-filled memories that often stir up nostalgic feelings, awe-filled memories of appreciation for simple acts of kindness poured out from people who you know were battling their own demons.

If we have our hearts set appropriately and we're paying attention, we can tap into the power of awe. It can be very motivating. It can lift us up out of ruts and even help us build momentum towards moments that can inspire awe yet again.

Yes here is potential for another portal to a virtuous cycle. One we can enter free of charge at nearly any time. Just by preparing ourselves to be open to the miracles that are around us and/or miracles we can envision in our own minds eye.

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Love this painting! Seems very different from anything you have done in the past.

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