It seems that ChatGPT is the hot topic of the week – AI that is capable of writing text. My brother has written a series of posts talking about its capabilities and impact on industry. Brenda wrote a post about the concerns of educators and also software that can detect it.
But you know what I’m fairly certain what AI can’t do? Tell heart stories about friendship, connection, warmth, and growth.
In his new book, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life, Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, gathered stories of awe from people in twenty-six countries. He and his PhD students distilled themes from these stories and his overall takeaway from this project and his other efforts to study awe is this:
“How can we live the good life? One enlivened by joy and community and meaning, that brings us a sense of worth and belonging and strengthens the people and natural environments around us? Now, twenty years into teaching happiness, I have an answer:
FIND AWE.”Dacher Keltner, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life
In our own small effort to find awe, today we are launching the podcast for Sharing The Heart of the Matter. It’s a podcast that is going to focus on the telling of heart stories. The stories that move us, bring new perspective, and most of all, matter.
In our first episode, Vicki and I talk about why we are here – creating a podcast in a world full of podcasts. And also recounting how we connected as bloggers and friends thinking about community.
Here’s the link to the podcast (you can also search for and subscribe on Spotify or Apple podcasts as Sharing the Heart of the Matter) or via this link on Anchor: Episode 1: Why We Are Here We are on Spotify and Apple now and hope to be on other podcast platforms soon as we get this rolling. Our plan is to release a podcast every Friday morning.
Podcast Link: Episode 1: Why We Are Here
Wynne Leon is an optimist, an enthusiast of endurance sports and a woman intent in charting her own path. Which is a combination that has led to an unconventional life. When she was younger a life of adventure meant climbing mountains, traveling the world and being an entrepreneur. More recently, it’s been starting a family as a single parent at age 46, having another child at age 50 and adopting a highly-strung kitten, even though she really is a dog person. Her writing projects include technical computer manuals, articles about meditation and parenting, and Finding My Father’s Faith, a memoir about spirituality, solace and her relationship with her beloved father.
If you like, you can also refer to me as “Dr. Vicki” because that’s another part of my identity. I hold the credential of licensed counselor and earned degrees in counseling, psychology and a doctorate in adult and higher education, enjoying many years as a counselor/therapist, and as a college Dean.
I’m also a consultant in my own leadership and life coaching business and I love what I do. Most importantly, I’m blessed to be a mom and I’m proud to say my husband’s my best friend. Oh – I’m also the guardian for my disabled sister whose life has been a labyrinth of challenges. That’s me!
I’m also a thinker and an ambivert – the personality type that’s equal parts extraverted and introverted. I believe in the power of individual expression to uncover strengths and to ‘make meaning’ in our lives. My quiet side enjoys the solitary opportunities to think and mull as I write about ‘what matters most’. Reflection is wonderful – but equally impactful? The lift and positivity that comes from readers, fellow storytellers as experiences are shared.