Wonder comes from the Old English word wundor, which means "marvelous thing, the object of astonishment."
What would life be like if we looked at our everyday occurrences through the lens of wonder?
Each morning, I walk my dog in a park in Las Vegas. As I walk along the park, I remind myself to be aware of the plants, trees and birds. By bringing my awareness to the nature around me, I look at my environment through the lens of wonder.
Consider our morning rituals. If you are like me, one of the first things I do when I return from our walks is make a cup of herbal tea. Imagine how our ancestors would watch in awe as we simply made hot water without the need to gather fire wood. They would be astonished at the options of teas, without the need to cut herbs or wait for the season to be right to dry them out.
We frequently walk this marvelous planet without being aware of all the wonder around us.
Here are 3 easy tips on how to appreciate the wonder that is all around us:
- Take the time to consider the journey our food makes to get to the grocery stores and to our kitchens. When viewed through this lens, each meal becomes a marvelous thing.
- Check on what you take for granted. The fact that we have clean running water is truly a marvelous thing! What else? Your car? WiFi? So many opportunities to pause and gaze in wonder.
- Write down one thing per day that makes you feel curious.
I'd love to hear your comments on adding wonder into your day. :-)
Take what you need and leave the rest.