There is a line in the song I Hope You Dance which talks about the importance of keeping your sense of wonder. Lately I’ve heard several comments that have brought that sentiment to mind. In each case, there seemed to be a direct connection between the speaker’s attitude (whether positive or negative) and what I will call their “sense of wonder.” As I watched the facial expressions, listened to the tones of voice, and observed the overall perspective of each person, I began to ponder just how important a sense of wonder really is.
Last year we were walking out of a mall one evening during the first snowfall of the year. It was dark and the snow was beautifully reflected in the large parking lot lights. We stopped and snapped a few pictures, to the utter disgust of the young woman a few feet away: “Why do people get so stupidly excited about a little snow?”
I admit, that stung and it did make me feel rather stupid. It really was, after all, just a small flurry. But it was so pretty.
Then it made me feel sad. Sad for this young woman who thought it stupid to appreciate a moment of beauty. I glanced at her and saw a grimace on her face, heard disdain in her voice, and felt sad for her because she was missing out on that short moment of joy that I was experiencing.
Now before I go any further, I want to make it clear that this post has nothing to with whether a big snow storm is a good or bad thing. Love or hate the white stuff, the truth is that there are many people who are greatly inconvenienced, even harmed, during a winter storm. There are also those who have to work very hard during a storm, and I appreciate all they do.
Actually, this post has nothing to do with snow storms at all. It is simply about taking a moment to appreciate something beautiful, to wonder at the many miracles that make up our world. How might our daily lives, especially our attitudes, be different if we allowed ourselves to wonder at the little things?Nurture your sense of wonder and change your entire day. #wonder #makeitbetter #whynot Click To Tweet
I grew up in Florida, so visiting the beach is not a new experience to me. However, after a lifetime of witnessing the awe of the ocean, it’s ever-changing power and beauty still take me by surprise.
Likewise, many years ago we were living in a desert climate in a part of the world that received little to no rain, and vegetation of any sort (including grass) had to be planted and very carefully maintained or it would die. After a year there, we visited our family back in the US for a few weeks. The first day of our vacation, it was raining, and my 3 year old was running through the grass barefoot, her face turned up to the rain with the most amazed smile on her face. Her sense of wonder was very real, indeed, and I found myself wanting to share that moment with her!
That feeling of pure joy at something so simple as a rain shower, bare feet in the grass, or the first snow of the season is a blessing — don’t miss it! As I sit here tonight watching the beginnings of what is forecasted to be a record-breaking snow storm, I am in awe of the beauty of those thousands of unique white flakes (despite knowing it is going to be a whole lot of work to shovel out afterwards!).
“Why Not?” open your eyes to those things of complete beauty in your world and allow them to amaze you this week — nurture that sense of wonder that can boost your entire day!
Please leave a comment and share the things that always awaken your sense of wonder — I want to experience that amazement, too!
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