“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble.”
On this day we remember those who have passed before us. Through our play and creative costumes, we remember the cycle of life. Death promises an end to everything as we know it. Found in that promise lies opportunities to appreciate the wonder in the moments that make up our lives. Happy Halloween!!
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”
The sun alone embodies the wonder of life. In days pictured above, it radiates through every leaf, every branch, every moment. The sun greets us in full glory.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Octobers speed by each year. With pumpkins, crisp skies, and a burst of color they say goodbye to summer and look to the approaching winter. They spark wonder with their vibrancy.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
The cycle of the seasons mirrors the turns of our lives. New beginnings and endings merge together to provide change with wisdom. Wonder allows for each cycle to remind us all we have is now; but now is filled with what was and what promises to be.
To play is to wonder.
Wonder is the essence of wow.
“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us, to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know wonder and humility.”
As seasons change, there is a sense of wonder with the moment of loss. Like all life cycles, time is the only constant. Nature provides us a continued varied perspective, continuously moving away from what was and into something new, unknown, riddled with wonder and humility.
“It is no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
Often through our perspective, things don’t make sense. We don’t see the big picture because we can’t. While we can try to take a step back and rationalize actions or circumstances, inevitably, we have to trust in a process beyond us. To do so allows wonder to remain mysterious, exciting and scary all at the same time.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
Confidence creates curiosity and encourages risk. It allows us to participate in the moments and catch the wonder of now. Spontaneous delight follows when we embrace the unexpected.
A Georgia river during a Georgia fall.
Curiosity, kindness and wonder. The three together create a positive and productive perspective and life. The curiosity encourages us to question, the kindness fosters love and wonder ties it all together with appreciation.
“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful. An endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
This sunset blanketed the sky earlier this week. It only lasted a few moments – a moment breathtaking to behold yet easy to miss. Fire in the sky.
“We carry within us the wonders we seek around us.”
Water holds wonder. In a minute it can be calm and soothing and shift to raging and powerful. It heals and harms; gives life and drowns it; flows patiently and rapidly. It is no wonder that water is one of the elements of our world we desperately need and fear at the same time.
“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
Pictured is the “Going -to-the-sun-road” in Glacier National Park, Montana. As you drive along this, the sheer drop into the valley and the brilliance of the road as it winds towards the sky, truly gives one a sense of wonder.
Our life is like the river pictured here. We have rocks that show us how to step, how to move from one point in time to the next. The water gently guides our path and at times abruptly stops us and sends us elsewhere. There is wonder in the unpredictable, in the promise of change. There is hope in the solid foundation of the rocks. And there is possibility in the current and volume of the rapids.
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they by themselves without wondering.”
The picture was taken while driving up Pike’s Peak in Colorado. This mountain inspired the words of “America the Beautiful” and lives up to it’s grand promise.
“Cows run away from the storm while the buffalo charges toward it – and gets through it quicker. Whenever I am confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become like the buffalo.”
Perhaps no other animal represents the American West as the buffalo. Its demise and comeback are parallel to the greatness of our nation and its many people. The buffalo pictured lives in Yellowstone and was photographed summer, 2017.
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief.”
When we wonder we stay curious, we stay in the world of maybe. Maybe a belief we have held for years no longer serves us? But if we are too afraid to ask questions or seek another perspective for fear of seeming unsure, we will never know otherwise. When our beliefs keep us alone instead of inspired with others, we need to ask questions we may not know the answers to. And that is okay.
There lives sparks of wonder in the mountains of our land. The peaks and lows mirror our lives; the awesome views to the single pine. Each feature beckons to the viewer, can you see the wonder? Can you feel the spark of life in the age and beauty these mountains hold?
Is he hunting, exploring or out for a morning stroll? I wonder.
Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park, Summer 2017
The mighty peaks of the Grand Tetons remind me of the awe-inspiring power of our natural world. We unexpectedly found a tent-only campground with this magnificent view of Jenny Lake.
Sometimes, all the wonder in life is right in front of me. Today is my youngest child’s birthday. My children’s birthdays are such markers in my own life. The wonder of his life and the impact he has had on the person I am is tremendous and continuous. His own wonder inspires me all the time.
“Invite others to wonder with you.”-Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
Above quote is the quote of the day on October 8th from 365 Days of Wonder Mr. Browne’s PRECEPTS by R. J. Palacio
The above picture was taken in the Yellowstone, summer of 2017.
When we include others in our awareness of wonder we share and see a perspective of life we may have missed otherwise. Others help us recognize and catch sight of those pictures that are fleeting, yet wondrous.
“Cherish sunsets, wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth.-Stewart Udall
The above picture was taken in the Rocky Mountain National Park, summer 2017. We got lost on our hike and wondered toward this creek. We stumbled along and were able to see the wonder in this moment.
As we think about our week ahead, plan to see wonder every day. Reflect on that wonder. Think about what it adds to the moments when you recognize it. In the picture below, do you see the wonder of the flower? How about the heart-shaped leaf to it’s left? Wonder and think. Think and wonder.
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
The wonder of our world lives in the unpredictability of nature. From the clouds adorning the blue sky to the water falling down the mountain to the rock wall and lush green flora – all hold a wonder unique to the moment. And that moment will always remain and never be again.
Can you find wonder in the details? It’s quite a struggle for me, but it’s there.
Wonder can be found everywhere. A beautiful view of nature. A mind-blowing work of art. An intricate creation. A life-saving discovery. A vast view of the night sky to the simplicity of a single apple in a tree.
The above apple was photographed at B. J. Reece’s Apple Orchard Fall 2019.
“As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.”– Charles Morgan
The more experience we gain through life, the more knowledge we acquire. Through this knowledge our ego diminishes and our wonder deepens as we realize we know less that we thought. This realization is both humbling and powerful.
“We carry within us, the wonders we seek around us.”– Sir Thomas Browne
We spark wonder when we take time to look. When we take time to appreciate. Not because we lost something or struggled through something but because we simply said thank you and allowed the wonder around us to radiate within us.
” Wisdom begins in wonder”– Socrates
The theme for October is to spark wonder. Socrates’s quote above clearly shows the connection between wonder and wisdom. To wonder is to question our beliefs and to allow curiosity to drive our perspective. As we begin a new month, how can we spark wonder in the moments, both big and small? Join me daily as we seek, spark and recognize the wonder in our lives.