How To Enjoy Life ?

Last summer I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her 6 year old baloonson. The little boy was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.

All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little boy. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.

But, no! As the little boy turned to watch his balloon go skyward, he gleefully shouted out, “Wow!”

I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little boy taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little boy, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s interesting! How can I help you?”

One thing’s for sure – life’s always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That’s a given.

What’s in our control, is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.

No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a frustrated “Oh, no.”

So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts, remember that little boy and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!” response always works .


14 Responses to How To Enjoy Life ?

  1. adegoke wahab April 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

    Whatever is beyond our control should be left for almighty Allah

  2. sharif123 September 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    I wish if all of us could say ” Wow” like that innocent boy.

  3. Syed A K Ahmed April 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM #

    “WOW ” Great advise. it also reminds us of the story “Never Give up

  4. Mubarek AL Amin April 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM #


  5. Sussu April 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM #

    SUppose your Mother dies and you receive a phone call. Please tell us how you’d handle it???

    • Libra October 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM #


    • rashid September 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM #

      I always treat death positively, something like, “Glad he or she is resting now”. Death is like an appointment with the Creator and the start of everlasting life. Reason why we should prepare for it so that we can have relief from this stressful world.

  6. Tahir April 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM #

    Dear all, I agree that Wao works, however not in every situation. Someone’s son died and you are saying Wao. No. There are situations where you have to act accordingly. Well Good luck

  7. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH April 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM #



    • Vineet Jain Reiki Healer April 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

      It is just an explanation for how to deal with challenges. The writer is trying to tell us that we all should just be optimistic and positive towards any kind of situation. If someone die, it is a tragic situation, but here we are dealing with a challenging situation. Both are different, so we should deal with them differently. However, if somone dies, we should be hopeful that the dead’s soul should rest in peace and all family members are able to withstand the loss. We should be grateful to the supreme energy for taking all the pains and sorrow of the dead.

  8. mohammad ali April 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

    And that little boy grew up to be Dr. Who

    • Ali - Admin April 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM #


  9. skybeen April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    there are always two features in all aspects …..the one who takes them all easy may get enough energy to plan better than before

  10. Mohammed Najeeb ur Rahman April 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM #

    One should have an optimistic approach to tackle any adverse situation. It is rightly said that “Do not complain that rose bushes have thorns but rejoice that thorn bushes have roses”.