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What Gives You a Feeling of Awe?

There was an interesting program on CBC today, and the one thing that stood out loud and clear for me was this...when people get goosebumps, it is most often related to the feeling of awe that sweeps over a person about something that is happening at that precise moment.

It made me think of all of the things that give me goosebumps, that give me that feeling of awe.
I thought I'd make a list of them before I forget what they are.
I thought I'd share this list with you, if you'd like to read it.

~The faces of my children and my grandchildren...no matter how short or how long a time it has been since I have seen them, it never fails to give me that feeling of awe, when I see their faces, their eyes...it never fails.

~The sound of my heart beating when I'm lying quietly in bed, reading...this muscle in my chest cavity keeps on ticking day and night, week after week, year after year...that's definitely awesome to me.

~The knowledge deep inside that there were so many loving people in my childhood who held me up and helped me to see my own value, when the rest of the world was so willing to show me that I had none at all.

~The sound of crashing thunder in a gut-busting prairie thunderstorm as it rips across the landscape.

~The incredibly high surf on the North Short of Oahu at Sunset Beach, when it smashes in from the far distant breakers and wipes out every single thing on the sand, then with a sweeping about-turn, takes everything out to sea, again.

~The sound of complete silence.

~Andrea Bocelli singing.

~Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion singing The Prayer, with that money note near the end.
Goosebumps every single time.

“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.
Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?” ~ Kahlil Gibran

A couple of great videos of the surf conditions at Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and Makaha, Oahu...awesome!


Comments (6)

Barb Cabot:

You are such a special soul. Thank you for this post and I am thankful for all those in your life that helped you become who you are...such a kind and generous human being.

Barb Cabot:

OMG I just took a look at the surf video and did that bring back memories. Used to take my youngest to the surf contests in Huntington Beach when all the big names were there. Watched Rob Machado take the #1 trophy and stood in many a long line with my teen daughter who was in "Love" with Mick Fanning. He was just the sweetest guy, posed for pictures with Athena and made a young girls heart smile. Love that video! gosh can they suref! Thanks Brenda.

Thank you, Barb...
Your kindness is lovely!
I call those wonderful people my cookie people. They were the people I went to when the world was totally overwhelming for a little girl. My brother and his wife were two of my cookie people and I often think they saved me so many times, just be being my cheerleaders!

Barb,
That water is amazing to me! I am really in awe of the power behind it...cannot imagine being IN it!!!
How cool for you that you met some of the top surfers!

Oh, Brenda, the things that give goosebumps are endless.
I also love the Prayer.

Candi,
The list is endless, isn't it?
I tried to write down the first ones that came into my mind...there will be a few more lists in the next few days, I am sure!

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