“Countdown to a Meaningful Life”
Week 4: Wonder
To celebrate the upcoming publication of THE WISDOM OF MERLIN: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life by T.A. Barron, we are kicking off a countdown campaign based on Merlin’s answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?” Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.
Each week we will focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help your readers and followers acknowledge, reflect, practice and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest. We continue this week withWonder.
Excerpt from THE WISDOM OF MERLIN:
“Too often, alas, adults lose their sense of wonder… But I am glad to say they can all be found again.”
“If you set out on a mission seeking wonder, you won’t find it. Instead, take your shoes off, walk barefoot in the world... and allow it to happen.”
Famous Quotes on Wonder:
· “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” Rachel Carson
Man-Made Wonders that make you “Wonder”:
· The Great Pyramid of Giza
· The Great Wall of China
· The Taj Mahal
· The Colosseum
Great People who “Wondered”:
· Albert Einstein - Now considered the greatest physicist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein began his career by wondering how he could solve many of the inadequacies in science at the time. Through hard work- and decades of experiments- he developed his groundbreaking theory of relativity, which includes the now famous equation “e=mc2”.
· Mark Twain - Mark Twain often wondered how the infamous Halley’s Comet would shape his life. Born during the first sighting of the comet in 1835, he predicted that he would pass away 74 years later, during the next sighting. Twain once said, “I came in with Halley's Comet… It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet.” As if in sync, Twain passed away the day after Halley’s Comet returned.
· Galileo Galilei - For decades Galileo stared up at the sky and wondered about the sun. Did it circle around us? Did we circle around the sun? After years of observations, he published his findings proving that the sun was indeed the center of the solar system, not the Earth.
· Confucius - The history and culture of Eastern Asia would not be the same without Confucius and his teachings. A great thinker and philosopher, he often wondered about the potential of human beings. His beliefs introduced a culture of peace, obedience and mutual respect to over five million Chinese citizens. 
· Jane Goodall – As a young girl in England, Jane wondered about what it would be like to live in Africa. She dreamed of exploring the land and meeting the wildlife, especially chimpanzees and other primates. That curiosity drove her to do what no one had done before: She studied the chimpanzees so closely that she realized that they could make tools, communicate in their basic language, and create a complex social community. Goodall dedicated her life to the chimpanzees, so much so that she inspired millions of people, young and old, to work hard to conserve the planet we share.
We encourage you to post any of the content, include content of your own and engage your readers and followers to do the same. Any time during the campaign, we can arrange for an interview with TA Barron as well as provide copies for review purposes and giveaways.
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