This week I said, “Whoa” more than once. And, curiously, each time the word took on a different meaning.
“Whoa”, rather short and sharp, when I learned something new. Kinda stopped me in my tracks as the dots connected themselves and suddenly I had a new understanding of a thing previously less understood.
You know that kind of whoa.
I also said an exclamatory, “Whoa!” when a guy cut me off in traffic. Whoa, as in, “Sheesh, what are you thinking? Doofus.” OK, I might have used a different epithet. I will leave my precise word choice to your imagination.
“Whoa,” was on my lips when my 15 year old daughter came down the stairs in a new outfit, hair done, ready to go to a party. That was a rather long, drawn-out whooooooa, expressing “OMG, how beautiful you are!” combined with a measure of “wasn’t she just four years old a minute ago?”
I said a brief and surprised “whoa” under my breath a conference this week when I realized the caliber of the influential women in the room – women who are committed to helping other women succeed.
I’m telling you – it was a Whoa Week, people.
Which is a really great thing because I’ve found:
Whoa leads to wonder.
Wonder. Yes, even with the doofus who cut me off in traffic. Really. In that moment, it was wonderful to be alive, unharmed, and able to ease on down the road.
The is the Way of Whoa.
Doesn’t that just make you want to say… whoa?
I know what you’re feeling. So let me ask you this: Do you say “whoa” enough? Feel that “whoa” feeling frequently?
You know what I’m talking about – that moment of discovery. The complete awareness of your own edges and boundaries. The epiphany of spying something beautiful. That delicious moment of realization that something truly wonderful is happening.
Whether you’re at work, or at home or somewhere in-between, my friends, say whoa and lift yourself out of the hurry, bustle and go-go-go of everyday life.
Walk the Way of Whoa.
Today has got to be your day to say whoa.
[photo credit: Michele Woodward]