Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Sense of Wonder

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." ~Albert Einstein

Think back. Can you remember the very first time you saw a falling star...or counted tree rings on a gigantic stump...or saw a spotted ladybug lift her wings and flutter off? A sense of wonderment is a beautiful thing, caught in childhood but too often lost as we step into adulthood with all its responsibilities. 

But what a blessing it is to slow the pace and take a long look around. After all, what is life without exploration? What's so important that we cannot stop everything and look hard at the world through childlike eyes every now and then? 

I set out recently with my camera and Ooohed and Ahhhed my way along a boardwalk that led through a wooded section of marshland. I could hear birds exchanging songs from distant treetops, and saw Canada geese working their way across the sky in gigantic V formations. For a few hours, I didn't think about deadlines or email or my overdue To-Do list. It was heavenly.

Here's wishing you a peaceful place away from it all, too!

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