22-149 Wonder

Today’s Mandala

“Look up at the stars
and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see,
and wonder about
what makes the universe exist.
Be curious.”

— Stephen Hawking

“[They] who can no longer pause
to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
[their] eyes are closed.”

— Albert Einstein

“Think and wonder,
wonder and think.”

— Dr. Seuss

Today’s MotD has us wondering about wonder. Oxford Languages defines wonder (noun) as ”a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” As a verb wonder it’s defined as a ”desire or be curious to know something.

As children we wondered and were curious about everything. As grown-ups we’ve mostly forgotten about it. So today we’re being invited to allow ourselves the experience of wonder in our day-to-day lives; like wondering how a dandelion is growing through a sliver crack in the sidewalk.

We’re being invited to be curious about the ordinary, and even the extraordinary, that we tend to overlook because we’re in too much of a hurry to get to the next thing. Who knows what moment of wonder awaits us and where it will lead us, if we’d only just take the time to notice.

“‘Curiouser and curiouser!’
Cried Alice (she was so much surprised,
that for the moment she quite forgot
how to speak good English).”

— Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass


The Mandala Lady

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