You Are a Wonder


“The challenge for us as we pilgrim through life is to remain grateful and lean into the wonder that each of us carries.”

Penny Webb

I have just witnessed the birth of a baby boy.  The mother had laboured whilst the father stood tentatively but engaged by her side, and after a number of hours, a child was born onto this earth.  The mother and father gazed into each other’s eyes, and a smile of exhaustion, satisfaction and awe broke on both the parent’s face at the sound of the child’s first gasp of breath and a following cry. Then tears!

I have been privileged to give birth to twin boys and a girl.  Without any question, they were the best two days of my life – I can still see, smell and almost touch the air of those two days like they were yesterday.

The birth of a child is a wonder. It is a wonder of life and spirituality that cuts through life’s mundane, usual and every day to gift a miracle not only to the parents but to all of us.

We must not forget this wonder.

Each of us holds the wonder of life whether we are 1 day old, or a 50+1 day old person.  The challenge for us as we pilgrim through life is to remain grateful and lean into the wonder that each of us carries.  It is often easy to become jaded, cynical, critical under the sometimes-burden of uncertainty and humanity’s carelessness, and yet we will always carry the wonder of life until our dying day.

This wonder which we carry is an individual power to give, to love, to care, to trust, to reassure, to provide, to bring peace.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus – a wonder.  This baby grew through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood into a man whose legacy and teachings remain today in the hearts of millions around this world – including me.

So, as we gather this Christmas with family and friends and gaze into the eyes of those around the Christmas table or over a drink by the tree, let us acknowledge and be grateful for the wonder of life both in another and in us.

You are a Wonder.

No regrets, Penny

About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".