Ingredients to Create a Blissful Life #50: Wonder

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty excited about the holidays! This weekend, we have family coming from out of town and will have a houseful for the celebration and that means little kids at Christmas time and how does it get any better than that? I cannot wait!!

This week’s ingredient is: Wonder

One of the greatest lies I think we’ve bought into in my generation is that we have to have all the answers all the time. We must be smart and appear to know everything or…. And there’s the other thing, or what?

My favourite thing about being with kids is that they are so curious and simply light up when learning something new. When was the last time you looked at something and really saw it? Consider it from this space. How many sunrises and sunsets have you seen? I’m 44 so my answer would be LOTS. But here’s the thing. Every single morning the sunrise will be different than it has ever been before. There will be more or less cloud cover, more or less colour, more or less visibility. And the same holds true for the sunsets doesn’t it?

What about flowers and snowflakes and animals and just about any other part of nature? Do you not get a little thrill in the spring when you start to see the buds on the trees or plants poking their heads out of the soil? It happens every single year, and that’s the most amazing thing in the world isn’t it? Every single year, a million little magical occurrences take place that we don’t even notice.

You may remember that I hosted a couple of retreats at the beach a couple of months ago. The first morning I walked down to the beach and for a mile or so along the shore. It was the first time I’ve ever been on a beach so early in the morning and I was amazed and bewildered by the beauty of it. The water was so still it was like glass reflecting the colours of the sky. The water looked pink and purple and it was absolutely breathtaking! The following morning, the water was rough and a storm was coming in so there was not much colour in the sky at all. The morning after that, the sky was clear, but the water was very rough and so again, completely different.

When we occupy a space of “Been there, done that” what we’re really doing is cutting ourselves off from experiencing. But when we can get into the space of Wonder, oh my goodness! There is no possible way for us to know every single thing, and why would you want to? How much more fun is it to explore and be curious and not require so much of yourself? How much more alive do you feel when you’re out of your head and just experiencing something new? And what new possibilities can show up when we’re not being know-it-alls? Oh, now that is a nice space to occupy…

So what is it you require of yourself? Do you require that you know everything or do you allow yourself the space to see things for the very first time that you may have seen a hundred times? There’s no right and no wrong. It’s only another choice. I’m guessing you don’t have to wonder which one I prefer…

What do you choose?

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