So, I looked it up. (Because it’s not like I’ve never tried to assign a different meaning to something before. )
a person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration; prodigy; marvel
the feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.: gazing in wonder at the comet
a miraculous or apparently miraculous thing or act; miracle
to be seized or filled with wonder; feel amazement; marvel
to have curiosity, sometimes mingled with doubt
I had to smile.
Yes, I knew what it meant.
But even better, the prompt (and the Uni) presented me with another opportunity to complete an Inspired Maven challenge while playing at #reverb10.
So how did I cultivate a sense of wonder this year?
By jumping into Twitter.
I opened my Twitter account a few years ago. Most of my friends were on Facebook and I couldn’t for the life of me, figure out how this was ever going to be beneficial in my life. In any way.
Boy was I wrong.
When I decided to really give Twitter a try this past summer, I was still very confused. Thanks to Elizabeth Potts Weinstein‘s Live Your Truth course, my venture back into Twitter did come with some “friends.” (I owe these peeps a huge debt of gratitude for being so supportive.)
Still, I was afraid of looking like an idiot. So I just watched.
I followed all the *cool* people.
And then I got involved with the 2500 words challenge. The idea of sharing with other wannabe writers was so appealing.
These people changed the game for me.
I finally learned how to have a conversation on Twitter.
I learned how to keep up with the fast pace without losing my mind.
I took chances with my content.
I publicly celebrated others (rather than sending them private notes.)
And I finally found the courage to tweet my blog posts.
What’s happened since June has been mind-boggling.
I have met incredible people from all over the world. I have tweethearts in Australia, the UK and Canada. I even tweet with someone in Romania!
I have developed relationships that feed my soul.
I am inspired daily by what’s possible with my writing and my business.
I have fallen in love with Twitter.
The blogosphere is filled with stories of how social media has changed the game for solopreneurs and small business owners. My mentor, Sarah Prout describes herself as an online socialite. She’s been so successful using social media, she has written an amazing book (which I’ll be reviewing soon) called “The Power of Influence: The Easy Way to Make Money Online.”
The bottom line is: Social Media is game-changer for anyone who wants to grow their business.
My advice: Approach it with a sense of wonder.
Don’t expect anything of it.
Just stay open.
The returns will be immeasurable. (For you analytical types out there, yes you can measure your ROI for your social media efforts too. But that’s not the point here. )
I still operate with wonder every time I go on Twitter. Every day is filled with beautiful connections, funny stories, and more love than you might dare imagine.
Yes, I said love.
At the end of the day, everything is about love.
And you can find love in the most unusual places.
When I sat down to write this post, I clicked on a link from one of my newest followers, Marcome, a singer-songwriter in Montreal. Imagine my surprise when I saw this video on her sidebar - Twitter Me Some Love featuring Bruno Pelletier.