“Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.”―L. Frank Baum author of the “Oz” series
A sense of wonder has such a child-like characteristic to it, the very word evokes a vision of wide eyes, large smiles, standing on tip-toe, holding one’s breath. How often as adults do we tap into our sense of wonder? Wonder is magical and we become too jaded to experience that sense with any regularity. Caught up in the adult sense of “knowing” we begin to lose the openness and sheer joy that comes from experiencing wonder.
I recently read an article about extremophiles. Upon seeing the word I assumed it was about people who love the extreme; ones who would be good at reality television shows jumping off tall buildings onto a pile of pillows. But no, it is a class of organisms that live in the extremes of heat, cold and pressure where it was previously thought no life forms could exist. Digging deeper into the story, it describes an organism that has lived in a gas bubble in a crystal, and the crystal was fifty MILLION years old! The organism apparently had not developed any way to divide or reproduce because it did not need to. I continued to read filled with wonder. The upshot of the article was we are discovering an entire new classification of life here on this planet; the obvious usefulness of which is to guide us to look for life in places we believed it could not exist here or on any other planet.
To understand how and why these creatures came into existence is far beyond my grasp, but I do not deny the truth of their being. I am filled with awe and wonder at the things that are in our very midst and we are ignorant of their presence until someone with imagination and courage finds them. The world outside and within is teeming with the undiscovered and when we allow ourselves the freedom of the wonder of it all, we become open to the great mysteries and excitement of life.
Opening up to that which strikes us as unlikely if not impossible with an inquiring mind and a receptive heart creates an entirely new space to grow oneself. Tapping back into the sense of amazement at the world around us with a joyful sense of discovery feeds one’s creativity, imagination and freshens the perceptions of all that one believes and knows.
Let yourself believe for a moment in the magical, reclaim your sense of wonder, rediscover delight.