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Day 2 of #Quest2015, in which I, along with a troop of questers, dedicate 12 days with 12 leaders to imagine our best 12 months for 2015.  Jason Silva gives us this prompt:

In what ways might you artfully curate your life in 2015 to occasion serendipity, creativity and awe?
Ontological designing says: We design our world and the world designs us back.
What are the linguistic and creative choices you can make in 2015 that will in turn act back upon you and transform you?

Serendipity happens. But it only has an impact when it’s perceived. To perceive I have to be able to receive. I have to be open to seeing, to hearing, to admitting the truth, to risking and to creating. I have to have the space in which to be receptive. Having the space means creating time for a quiet mind, for just being. Things flow into place unexpectedly when my mind is free and my body is in motion.

Awe comes from things small and mighty. The curve of a baby’s cheek, a flower pushing through a rock, a lightening storm, a work of art, an athletic feat, a meaningful quote, a powerful speech. The act of giving birth is infused with awe, love and pain. Being present to witness a parent’s death knits together strands of awe and grief. I can be open to the moments of awe that are available to me every day, whether those days are ordinary or extra-ordinary.

How to cultivate openness and awareness? Be like my son as a toddler, who would spend 20 minutes immersed in observing ants crawling on the sidewalk. Look at something as if it’s brand new, and as if I’m  brand new. What do I see? What meaning do I make?

How else to create opportunities for serendipity? Put myself in situations where I don’t have it all together. I prize my skills, knowledge and expertise. Operating within those parameters, I know who I am and what I’m doing. In situations where I am uncertain, unskilled, a novice, I’m open, learning and ready to discover. At least, on a good day, I am! Seek out opportunities to be a beginner.

New relationships are opportunities for serendipity. Synergies arise. New perspectives are shared. Doors open. You never know where they’ll lead; it takes courage to walk through them. And, here’s a challenge: be with and listen to people I already know with the eyes, ears and heart of someone who is new, who doesn’t assume, who is learning.

Serendipity comes from: creating space, following your curiosity, noticing the awe in things small and mighty, allowing the struggle of being new, opening up to new possibilities, risking, rising to challenges.  Here’s to more of all that in 2015.