WONDER… In December I turn forty. As I’ve been sailing along during this year leading up to the big birthday, I have noticed myself turning to and savoring more often playful delights and wonders. It occurred to me just lately while watching a tiny katydid hop along the leaves of a Japanese maple in our garden, that I feel a very strong connection to a sense of child-like wonder about life, living and the things around me. I was very excited to see that katydid. Seeing it hop around made me want to hop around too. And I did, for a moment!
This wondrous little katydid set me to thinking about all the thrilling things that can be seen or happen during a day’s time. Here’s a sampling of wonders highly recommended for grown ups, and children alike, to observe and partake in…
*Morning sun making rainbows on the wall through a sun catcher in a window
*Bubbles on the surface of a cup of hot tea freshly poured
*How great are teeth for chomping into an apple?! Amazing things, teeth. And said apple, what a little wonder–from tiny seed, to tree, to fruit to eat!
*Clouds–they seem like whispers, but they speak so much, all the time, and very fast!
*Glue, paper, scissors–no end of fun playing with these (be careful still with those scissors, please–no running with the scissors!)
*Walking or running barefoot in the grass is a balm for the inner-child
*Colors–there are so many colors everywhere…ranges of different hues and shades
*Sing a song spontaneously–and dance along with the song too!
*Read under a blanket with a flashlight–for old time’s sake
*Never underestimating the good temporary cure-all that is chocolate
Maybe this growing older lark won’t be so bad… as long as I keep my child-at-heart alive and well and noticing the abundance of wonders in life.
What wonders have you noticed or experienced today?
Tracy Bakkelokken hails from the USA, but now lives in Norway. She is an artist exploring the path where creativity and spirit meet. Currently she is engaged in painting, writing and photography, in addition to creating for her shop PranaLight hosted at Etsy–offering a range of handmade art & jewelry designed to nurture and enhance the Divine Feminine Spirit. Her blog, PranaLight, is about celebrating art, life and spirit!