Speechless Wonder and Gratitude

Saturday.  Time for me to recharge after a demanding week, so I’d like to share something off my bucket list with you.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “bucket list”, it’s the things that you want to experience before you leave this life.  For me, one of those things is to attend a TED conference.  It would take some major introvert skills to deal with that much stimulation, but it would be so worth it.  (If you haven’t yet experienced TED, see below.)

Here is an incredible video by Louie Schwartzberg, reminding us of the thrill of gratitude.  Please enjoy!

“Beauty and seduction are nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.” – Louie Schwartzberg

TED stands for Technology, Education and Design.  It’s a non-profit dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading.  TED holds conferences throughout the year where they bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).  Over four days, 50+ speakers each take an 18-minute slot. Their talks are interspersed with shorter presentations, including music, performances and comedy.  Talk about the ultimate in-your-head thrill.  That’s why it’s on my bucket list.  Their mission is to leverage the power of good ideas and let them spread as widely as possible.  Can you imagine spending four days with the most inspirational thinkers of our era?  Incredible!

Attending a TED conference isn’t as simple as buying a ticket and showing up at the door.  You can’t just buy your way in.  They only allow 1500 people to attend.  You have to apply for a membership and submit an application well over a year in advance.  Your application must include a thoughtful essay.  It’s rather like applying to graduate school.

But if you can’t attend, TED shares the bounty of their conferences at TED.com

Chris also contributes to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

9 thoughts on “Speechless Wonder and Gratitude

  1. I love TED, but had no idea of the process involved in attending a conference. I have missed feelings about this, actually. ONe thing I’m certain of though, is that if you do apply, you need to share your essay, here :-).

  2. I had no idea about that for the TED conferences either! My therapist has me watching the video podcasts as a way to distract myself. So far, so good !

  3. Hi Chris, Thanks for sharing your dream and this wonderful video. I love to watch TED videos and this one by Louis Schwartzberg is one of my all time favorites. I’ve included it in several posts as well as my inspiration page. Good luck with attending TED! Brad

  4. We’ll, one of the big gifts of this day… This post! Thank you. Yanked a few of my heart strings for sure. I came across Louie Schwartzberg’s work last month on Netflix – watched a few several times… Little meditative gems. Fascinating to see every second of life as it unfolds- nature is wonderful art. The reminder to appreciate intentionally- to look up and around and savor the colors and the artistry of life- is a necessary reminder. The negative tries to take center stage- that’s where intent and seeking come in! I am very grateful that you’ve visited my blog and led me to yours. Thanks for the beauty you’ve helped spread “today”… Peace to you.

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