While gathering the votes the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, then read: “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are: 1. To see. 2. To hear. 3. To touch. 4. To taste. 5. To feel. 6. To laugh. 7. And to love.
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary that we take for granted are truly wondrous!
It is so easy for us to slip into taking people, circumstances or even the next breath as a “given”. We assume that our health, jobs and lives will always be there for us.
We get so bogged down, reliant on the status quo of our faculties, that we overlook even the simplest of gifts such as touch, taste and feel.
The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man. Just look at nature – the brightness of a rose, the symmetry of a daisy, the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the grasp of a baby’s small hand, the loyalty of a pet or the harmony of a symphony.
Maintain your sense of gratitude at each turn of your day recognizing the wonder in each event. Many times our expectations get in our way. We expect things to remain the same so we miss the subtle shift in life. When we anticipate the mundane we get bogged down sucking the wonder right out of us.
Maintaining that sense of wonder in the present moment helps us discover the beauty of something strange and surprising. It can serve as a springboard for saving the sweetness of life, the joie de vivre.
“I have long thought that anyone who does not regularly – or ever- gaze up and see the wonder and glory of a night sky filled with countless stars loses a sense of their fundamental connectedness to the universe.” – Brian Green
We are a part of a miraculous universe…stay connected.