Cultivating Wonder

Day 4 of the Reverb10 challenge poses this prompt (from Jeff Davis): How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life during 2010?

As a writer I seek precision with words. Or I should say that I strive for more precise wording. Definitions help sometimes. Merriam-Webster’s definition of wonder includes ‘rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience.”

I try to live my life looking for wonder every single day, in the mundane and the novel. It doesn’t mean that I always find it. In fact I often don’t.

But living in a new country, with a different language and culture, gives me ample opportunity to look for the wonder in life. I focus on looking at everything with fresh eyes.

Certainly I have traveled and experienced new places and sights. And they have sometimes invoked a sense of wonder in me. Castles in the Scottish Highlands, the lights of Paris at night, the wonderful Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon filled with amazing works by many of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors all spring immediately to mind.

But I’ve also found wonder in daily life when I’ve chosen to look anew at what’s going on around me. The beauty of peering down an old Dutch street and feeling transported back in time. A haunting song that evokes deep emotion with its aching beauty. A passage in a book that is simply ‘perfect’.

Choose to look anew. Cultivate wonder in your life.


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