“There once was a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion. These two used to wonder all day long. They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God who made the lovely world.” ~Charles Dickens
I once was a young boy, who much like the child that Charles mentions here, wondered at the marvels and the beauty of this world. Whatever happened to that boy? The world is still filled with beautiful flowers; the sky is still filled with a rich blueness; the bright waters still reflect all their depth and wonder; and the goodness and power of God is still displayed in a world overflowing with lovely things.
We each have the power to find wonder in every aspect of life–it is a gift we have available to us. But much like the toy from last Christmas, or the car that has lost its newness, we find ourselves overlooking the value and worth of things that once were quite apparent to us. So much so, that we felt it necessary to spend something that we have finite supply of, in exchange for it–money, energy, time.
Life is not boring unless we let it be. Find those things all around you that make this world a fantastic, exciting, and beautiful place to be in right now. We are fortunate to be alive! And when we are aware of all the richness around us, our lives become that much richer.
Fill your day with constant wonder… look for it all around you.
Questions to consider:
Why is it that our sense of wonder often fades as we grow up?
Do you see the world with a sense of wonder, or through the practical eyes of an adult?
What kinds of things can we do to get our sense of wonder back?
For further thought:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
~William Blake, Auguries of Innocence