December 4 – Wonder.
How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
(Author: Jeffrey Davis)
My sense of wonder is enhanced when I am with my three-year-old – which is all the time! In the spring, it is watching new life unfurl around us as the long winter gives way to warmer temperatures. In the summer, it is when we lay back on the grass, stare up at the immense blue expanse above us and watch as dragons, sharks, dinosaurs and castles drift by. Then as the stain of Autumn paints the trees in brilliant hues and pumpkins dot the landscape, there is a feeling of magic and mystery I always find incredibly delicious. That warmth extends into the winter months as Christmas approaches and I am filled with awe and love for all that I have. The magic of that first snowfall of the season as it quietly kisses the ground and fills the air with this fresh clean scent of purity. That to me, screams wonder.
But the question is how did I cultivate a sense of wonder in my life this year. It’s been difficult. I don’t really know that I have done anything to actively cultivate a sense of wonder. I try to make things magical for those around me. I want my little one to have rich memories of love and fun. Truth is, I find delight in the simplest of things, from my bread & butter pickle sandwiches, changing the living room around, spending time outside in the woods, going to the bookstore or sharing a good, hearty laugh with someone. A sense of wonder is really whatever sends delightful shivers down the spine and tickles the soul. For me, it is in the everyday wonder of anything that pleases me. Simple as that.