A sense of wonder

Annie Dillard wrote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.”

We are all inundated with information and given no time to wonder what it means or where it came from. The key words here are time and wonder.

For the poet Diane Ackerman “Wonder is the heaviest element in the periodic table of the heart. Even a tiny piece of it can stop time.”

Wonder requires a wide-open attentiveness, a benevolent curiosity about all that life has to offer. It is an awe of things that are greater than our knowledge, thoughts or expectations; that something is worthy of your attention.

Craig Mod writing about long walks: “I’ve been in the middle of nowhere Japan, between two nowhere towns, wondering if I was nuts, if there was a nugget of anything interesting nearby. And there was, always. Always something or someone to notice, worthy of being noticed.”

Take a moment once per day to sense time, perhaps smell freshly baked bread, listen to a bird sing or a busker play, savour that one strawberry, marvel at the landscape, watch the rain bouncing off an outdoor table or the moon reflecting in a puddle, or wonder at how you are a swirling mass of 7 billion atoms.

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