Admittedly, I’m having issues with resolutions this year. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty to improve so there is no shortage of resolution material. It’s just that I can’t seem to figure out which direction I want to go.
For the blog that I write for, Just Be Enough, we were given the direction to think of three words we wanted to center our writing around this year. The whole idea behind that blog is learning to accept that you are enough even while doing as women often do, striving to make yourself better.
With that in mind, I realized I’d been stewing on this wonder thing for a while. So naturally I chose wonder as well as fun and focus. I’ll explain more about all the words over on JBE another day, but for now, I want to focus on wonder.
Wonder is what I relied on to carry me limping through those last few weeks of 2012 when the world seemed to go to shit right before our very eyes. I decided, yes, decided consciously, to lose myself in my children’s wonder of the season. It was cathartic.
Somewhere in that time, I realized that there is wonder in every day, but it’s very easy to run right past it in our hurry to make it to the next task.
So, I decided in 2013 I am going to try to look at my life with wonder. That means I’ll need to make an effort to stop every day and find something to marvel at. So far, I’m seeing it’s not that hard to do and the benefit is when you’re marveling at one thing, it’s that much harder to worry or stress or complain about another.
When you turn the corner in your car on a dark night to be greeted by a Times Square Voltage full moon that appears to be sitting right at the end of your street, it’s tough to remember how cold you are at that exact moment. The heat from the wonder of that miraculous moon can warm the most frigid of winter nights.
Shifting my consciousness to one of wonder will be a challenge, but I’m hoping it’s one that illuminates my world as much as that moon did my night.
For this week’s Wonder, I point you to the story of Cory Weissman. His story is about a year old, but I just discovered him in the little magazine that comes in the mail from Meridian Health. Cory is not only a remarkable example of resilience, but this ESPN Video shows how people, like the two coaches in this story, have genuinely huge hearts. There is wonder is kindness. Watch for it.
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