Saturday, 4 December 2010

Reverb10 Day Four

Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

'Wide eyed wonder'

'Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands hath made'

This phrase and snippet from 'How Great Thou Art' came into my mind when I thought about the whole idea of 'wonder' as did a memory from a radio programme where a couple explained they decided not to have children because they felt they had retained their sense of wonder at the world. I thought that was interesting perspective and nobody can deny the wonder with which children approach the world.

It is more than curiosity isn't it? Wonder is what can happen when you allow yourself to be amazed, surprised, delighted and awed. How to cultivate a sense of wonder then, apart from staring around you, asking questions like a small child and belting out a few verses of How Great Thou Art?
meeting a camel on the way to buy groceries always helps the wonder
The prompt asks how did I cultivate a sense of wonder in the last year. I went out into my surroundings and looked around. I talked to people. I enjoyed books, films, music, paintings, the internet. I took photographs. I prayed. I joined my Church in praise. I sat quietly. I remembered I have my own permission to be as excited as a small child at Christmas time at any given moment.

Perhaps that is why a sense of wonder comes easily to me.

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