THE WILDNESS OF WONDER
Just a few days ago, one of my oldest and dearest friends shared a quote with me from 17th century French philosopher, Descartes.
The quote was this:
'Wonder is the first of all the passions.'
This really sparked my imagination and got me thinking about the importance of wonder in our lives.
When we feel wonder, we are filled with a deep, open-minded, unselfish sense of admiration .
We don't judge the value of the thing that makes us feel wonder, we just appreciate it for what it is.
We almost become absorbed into the object of our wonder.
Wonder, too, I believe, taps into our curiosity and helps us to learn new things, imprinting new knowledge on our heart, mind, body and soul.
One of the ways
that I have always experienced the emotion of wonder
is by looking up at the night sky.
The feeling of awe, wonder and curiosity about what I am looking at and why I am here has always been very strong - even leading me, as a little girl, to want to sail into the stars and become an astronaut.
Becoming an astronaut, alas, was not my destiny - but an appreciation of wonder has never left me.
So much of the natural world, like sunsets and the sea, is spellbinding.
When we gaze out at the horizon line, we wonder about where we are standing, where we might go, and what might be brought in to us on the tide.
Wonder is nature's tool to pique our curiosity and make us think, and the more that we open our senses, learn and ask questions, the more wonder we will feel.
When it comes to creativity,
creating opportunities and experiences
that invite wonder
are one of the best ways
to fill up our reservoir of ideas and possibilities.
It could be as simple as visiting somewhere new, or reading a book I wouldn't normally pick up, or speaking to someone I've never met before.
Seeking out the new helps us to see the old in a fresh and wonder-full light.