– Contributed by Wee C
Day 4 of the challenge and day two of writing for me, and we’re moving onto the topic of “wonder”, specifically: how did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
What I love most about this question is the word cultivate. You see, I’m full of wonder (and correspondingly, bullshit) at any given moment of any given day. I wonder what would happen if I decided to join the circus (I’d ride the elephants…and wear a cute little hat with a red feather). I wonder what would happen if Michael Buble came to sweep me off my feet (it’s OK, MB is my one freebie with hubby). I wonder what it would be like to be fabulous and famous (I’d have a trainer, for sure). Truthfully, I wonder all day, every day.
But what this question is asking, in my opinion, is much less about the undisciplined practice of mind wandering (something I believe we all do to the point of self-indulgence) and more about a focused, deliberate approach to dreaming, imagining and ideating. It’s about giving curiosity a home to grow and flourish; watering and fertilizing, nurturing and caring.
So, what did I do to cultivate a sense of wonder in my life this year. Simply, I gave myself space and time. I allowed myself to breath, to let the sunshine in, to actually lay roots. Yes, I’ve always been grounded. Grounded like a boulder that could only be moved by a big, monster, crane. But with my hurried approach to life, my desperate drive to get to the next destination, I’ve never been rooted. See, you need roots to be stable, otherwise you eventually topple over. And you know what happens to toppled over trees? They rot. I wasn’t so interested in that being the outcome of my life. Funny, that.
A true sense of wonder (not the monkey brain I’ve become so skilled at) only comes by providing a clearing in your mind and seeing what takes hold. The result: my most profound and life changing year yet.