- On September 1, 2016
Has your summer flown by in a whirlwind of work, cookouts, vacations, family visits? That is how I’m feeling and what I hear from my friends and colleagues.
Have You Stopped At All To Immerse Yourself In The Wonder?
Before the calendar arrives at the autumnal equinox, there is still time to find a bit of wonder in your summer.
What does wonder do for you? Wonder puts our singular life in perspective, helps us push our ego aside, and connects us to something much bigger than ourselves.
Maybe wonder for you is watching as your daughter tips over precariously, arms outstretched, and breaks the sparkling blue plane of the pool in her first attempt at a dive. Or as your son masters an inside kick at soccer camp. Or as you listen to great Uncle Wayne talk about growing up in the old days. Or as you lie on a blanket on a dark beach or field and look up at the star-filled night sky.
Wonder Is More Than Just Watching It. Wonder Is Immersing Yourself In It, Engaging All Your Senses.
What are you seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting? The more senses you can engage, the more the memory will be imprinted in your mind, ready to call on when you need a moment to put your busy life in perspective.
I set ‘wonder’ as my intention for my recent vacation in Idaho and Washington. During that week, we hiked on scenic trails along the lake, visited family friends, savored wine tasting in Walla Walla, stopped for lunch in tiny farm towns, and drove deep into the hills to ride a jet boat through Hells Canyon on the Snake River. With each new experience, I took just a few minutes to deeply engage all five senses to reinforce my sense of wonder.
On one of the days, we were on a wheat farm in eastern Washington visiting a cousin during harvest. I was thrilled to ride along with him for a few passes in the big combine. The wonder that will stick with me is the vastness of the rolling hills of gold. Even now over a week later, I can feel hot sun on my shoulders, the smell of cracked wheat and dust, the bready taste from chewing on grains of fresh wheat, the feel of the sharp spikes on the club wheat heads, hear the rustle of the wheat waving in the hot breeze, and the absolute silence standing on the edge of a wheat field and not seeing anyone or anything as far as my eyes could see in all directions. One person facing huge rolling hills of golden grain–an image for me that evokes wonder.
The Value Of Wonder Is Perspective.
Wonder gives you a brief mental place to escape when you are busy beyond belief. A place that puts it all in perspective.
Whether your wonder is that first awkward dive, the first clean kick, the stories of hardship, a place of overwhelming beauty–Take a moment and settle into it with all five senses. And when we inevitably get wrapped around our ego in the days ahead, a scent, a touch, a sight will bring that wonder flooding back. And we will remember that life is much bigger than us alone.
Have you found your wonder this summer? It’s never too late!
Photo credit: JMaliszewski, 2016, Wheat fields in Pomeroy Washington