Small Stories

Story: The Wow Approach


Last spring I was walking in the park. A short distance ahead of me was a mother and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding a string attached to a helium balloon.

Suddenly, a violent storm came up and grabbed the girl’s balloon. I strengthened myself so that others could shout and cry.

But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go up into the sky, she exclaimed sweetly, “Wow!”

I did not realize it at the time, but that little girl taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from someone with an unexpected problem. I felt myself replying “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s wonderful! How can I help you?”

One thing is certain – life will always keep us balanced with its unexpected problems. That given. Unplanned is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or to be distracted.


It doesn’t matter in any case, “Wow!” will always hit the frustrated “Oh, no.”

So the next time you experience an unexpected outburst of life, remember that little girl and do it “Wow!” experience. The “Oops!” the answer always works.



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