Wonder ~ Maintaining A Sense Of Wonder In Our Lives


Children walk about bumping into all sorts of new things all the time – adults know how the jack-in-the-box works, we’ve learned the lessons of playing with fire and using it properly, and we’ve acquiesced to authority . . . 'wonder' has turned to 'regular' for us.

For an introduction to the 'Perspectives:' series and it's writing team, visit ~ "Perspectives: An Introduction"

As I mentioned in a previous video hub, there is a marked difference between speaking and writing . . . I work from a well considered idea that I've mapped-out a bit in my mind as to a basic ordering for presentation of my thoughts, but with speaking you're kind of left with what initially comes out while with writing you get a reworded, rearranged, final presentation. And so I apologize for, yet again, offering you a video hub. My injury isn't serious (I don't think), but sustaining my arm in the position required to type more than this explanatory paragraph irritates my shoulder, and I'm trying to take as few drugs as possible (I have friends from many years ago who would that a massively ironic declaration).

So, with that, my thoughts on 'Wonder' ~

We can contemplate, meditate, ponder, over ideas we think we already know but can still learn much about and from. We can enjoy wonderment in our lives if we continue to wonder about things.

Other 'Perspectives:' hubs by MickeySr

What Don't You Know ~ I Don't Know Who I'm Going To Talk To

Knowing Your True Self ~ The Emperor's Old Clothes

Gratitude ~ Oy, What A Week I'm Having

What Matters ~ Truth

Regret & Hope ~ Press On

This month's other 'Perspectives:' hubs ~

A World Of Wonder - A perspective by marcoujor

Hmmm - Noun Or Verb - A Perspective by Vickiw

(pending) - A Perspective by Docmo

The Wonder Of Being Alive - A Perspective by MartieCoetser

Building Life's Totem Pole With Wonder At The Base - A Perspective by bravewarrior

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Mickey, you and I are thinking along the same lines as far as wonder is concerned. I find it amazing and wonderful that you and I even coined a few of the same phrases in this month's hubs. You are so right. We lose our sense of wonder as we grow older and gain more burdensome responsibilities. We must recapture that sense of wonder we possessed as children and live life with zest and yearning for more knowledge.

Great hub, my friend.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Absolutely no surprise or "wonder," at discovering yet another fabulous work by "Mickey Sr." I actually don't know where to begin.....except to say that it may be time for my confession, "Bless me Father Mickey.."

I have never stopped "bumping into all sorts of new things." All I really know about "jack-in-the-box," is that he jumps up to give me a start, when I've cranked his spring to it's limit....much like when people are pushed beyond their limit....and shamelessly, I'm afraid I have bucked authority, since birth.

According to you, Father Mickey, my wonder has not turned to "regular".....so therefore, is not sinful? Phew! What a relief. This means no penance, right? Plus I get to keep my "Wonder?"

This was the first comfortable confession I've ever had to face!

And ..oh Yes, I just LOVE your writing! In the name of the Father & of the Son & The Holy Wonder.....Amen.......Up+++shared & tweeted!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Yes, I totally agree! I wonder how many words you used in this one Mickey! 15 minutes worth = ??????? I do feel admonished my friend, but then I think about it, and I know my sense of wonder on a daily basis is intact! So thanks for the pep talk, it is a good reminder to us all !


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Mickey: This is a wonderful video on the perspective of wonderment. You have brought up some good points. As a teacher, I'm sorry to hear your teachers and school did not engage you in your lessons and inspire your wonderment - that was their job. Had you enjoyed school and been motivated and inspired to learn, you would not have dropped out. You just were not challenged enough at school - the reasons for the low grade, but yet you are so intelligent.

I like this month's perspective on wonder, because I still try to maintain my wonderment even at this age. As a teacher, I was always excited to see the wonder of my students as they learned. When people would ask me how I could take students to Spain during the summers over and over again, my answer was to watch their wonderment as they discovered Spain, a foreign country and and used their foreign language in the country. I always saw Spain for the first time through their eyes and it was simply wonderful. No two trips were the same because of the different wonderment I experienced with each group of students. I have such fond memories of those trips and to this day I remember the wonder and excitement my students experienced at different points of the trip. Thank you for your specific perspective on wonder and I hope the shoulder is on the mend!


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

bravewarrior ~ we have to come-up with a theme wherein you and I actually have different perspectives . . . though, I like the way we express similar ideas in different ways as well.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

How amazing! Listening to you using words I have just written in a comment to Vicki..... or were they only in my thoughts? So good to know that I am not the only one in this world pondering over things most people take for granted, and what a wonder - we have the same pattern of thoughts.

Very enjoyable video, Mickey! I am in a state of wonder because I am actually able to listen to you while I can see you as if there is not a thousand miles between us.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Paula ~ you are always, and again; too generous toward me, too delight to not smile at, and too pretty for me not to comment on.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Well, Mickey, I don't doubt that you will do just that when it's your turn to pick the topic!


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Vicki ~ you need no pep talk from me, your writing demonstrates a sense of wonder that, fortunately, you expertly share with all of us.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Note to self: Ask Pixie when the family is heading to the beach next summer because there is no reason in the world for maroujor to subject herself to that much wonderment. I can easily stagger my vacation.

Note to everyone else: Am I the only one who had homework in first grade...by the seventh grade, I was, well...never mind.

Paula, I feel like Mickey just came from confession...and I now need a Hershey bar...yes, with nuts. My mind wandered..it started being filled with way too much wonder.

I need to go play with my Jack in the Box...Mickey, my wart hurts.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

No..Maria I went to confession. From what I can gather, there wouldn't seem to be anyone brave enough nor compassionate enough to listen to Mickey's confession....ya think?

While you are totally justified to beat up Mickey.... Go easy on Jack, GF...I hear he's very sensitive...you know, the "spring," and all.

There's medication for warts. In this particular case, it may not work. I'm just sayin.........


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Paula ~ thanks so much for coming to my defense - I she seems nice and is kind to everyone else, but Maria has made my experience here at HubPages a living hell . . . I don't know what I would do if it wasn't for the warmth and understanding I get from you and Shauna and Leslie and Vicki and Martie and Patty and Mary and and few others. Maria, and after all I've done for her, seems to simply delight in vicious and unwarranted assaults against me . . . and yet I hold her in the highest esteem - it's just the way I am, never thinking of myself but always trying to see the best in everyone, even that miserable stinking Maria.

So, Paula, thank you for hating Maria as much as I do - you're right, she is the worst.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mickey....My dear sweet & talented man....who is obviously, also "delusional,"......Yes, I said, "Delusional", cutey. Shauna, Leslie, Vicki, Martie, Patty, Mary, as well as Yours Truly, I am certain, are compassionate women who simply take pity on you. Don't get crazy with the "warmth & understanding" thing...OK? All due respect, of course. Pee is warm too.

Now, don't feel badly, Mickey, please. This is just one of those things where I feel it's time for you to be a big boy and face reality. Try to reign in that enormous ego of yours and while you're at it, give that high horse a day of grazing.

I realize this is like a kick in the Kahonies.....but facts is, "that miserable stinking Maria," as bad as she is......continues to remain much more loved and adored than you.

Now, stop your crying, like a little girl...put a Sponge Bob Square Pants Band-aid on your Boo-Boos.....and practice your violin. That's a good boy.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Delusional? Are you kidding? Control freak is more like it. Commanding busy people to stay for 15 minutes on his page tells you his google stats will become their Nirvana!! And totally unwarranted, I have to say. Well, I guess that is delusional behaviour, to think we don't have anything better to do, isn't it, Paula? You're right, as usual. Looks like we're going to have to rein this boy in - again. He's such a hard dog to keep under the porch, it's almost impossible. Thanks for your support my dear Paula, we sure need it.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I have traced the hubpages vibrations, rumblings and general clamor to this Hub. Seems the very foundations of Hubpages have shifted and thundering herds are headed in this direction. The comments are full of adoration and reverence and possibly the slightest hint of sarcasm. Could that be, I wonder?


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

No problem, ladies. Always at your disposal. That's what good old BITCHES are for. One day I'll send you all, a list and pictures of my awards and medals of honor. OR, you can always just visit the website for "Men Who Have Been Beaten, Chewed Up, Spit Out and Left For Dead", by a Sweet, Little Old Great Grandma, with Both Hands On Her Hips, Simply Using Wit & Verbal Kung Fu." YES, of course this website exists! How can you doubt this?


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

As usual, I am ignored.... (sob-sob).... by the wondrous MickeySr.....


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

. . . eekkk! Is there no one to come to my defense? My life has been a relentless devotion to surrounding myself with women that I might adore them and uplift them- and now I'm encompassed by cold-hearted harpies determined to break my heart!? All I ever do around here is endlessly talk about how smart and good and pretty you all are, and all you ever do is tell me I'm stupid, bad, and ugly - well, just because it's true doesn't mean I have to like it. And, I am not acting like a little girl - now, I'm going to go lay down with my cabbage patch unicorn stuffed kitty and think about rainbows and lollipops . . . and then I'm going to change my profile photo to one that more properly display the aching hurt you've all provided me with.


Vickiw 3 years ago

So now you're going to take your ball and go home?! Wahh! Can't wait to see your avatar - maybe Julius Caesar?


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

mckbirdbks ~ "Seems the very foundations of Hubpages have shifted and thundering herds are headed in this direction"

Well, that would be cool - but, I ain'ts holdin me bref.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Martie ~ how have you been ignored . . ? . . I commented on your hub, I listed you as one I hoped might come to my defense (meaning, I count you as one I keep close) . . . and what do you "as usual"? I need to fix this instantly - but I'm confused.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Mickey, My mic is 'on the blink' and I am in the process of having it replaced...then I will try to once again explain to you the mysteries of women...but I know you probably still won't get it.

Paula, I am heading to your website...I wanna take a stroll down memory lane!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria.....Why are you going to try to explain to Mickey, the "mysteries of women?" Is he aspiring to be the first and only man, in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD, to accomplish this impossible goal???

Yeah, OK......"Good luck with that, Mickey." We'll visit you at the "Facility."


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

(May I simply respond to Mickey's hub, please, gals! Sheesh! Of course I may. . .)

I can't recall ever being 'bored' in my 81 years. Perhaps boredom is the byproduct of a lost sense of wonder if it's slipped away, - or, worse, if it's never been extended past kindergarden. This sad situation is not confined to older folks, where it's equally sad. But I see young people with abundant advantages and resources available to them, still being oh, so bored, failing to notice the wonderment around them, - and within them. They can't have exhausted all the possibilities for it. They've just missed them, I guess.

Every day I wake up with zest for the day, whatever is planned for that day. The wonder permeates the planned activities and bursts in with delights and surprises all along the way. They needn't be any more spectacular than the satisfaction of seeing a solution to a problem or having an AHA! moment while doing a chore. If the day is unplanned, all the better! :-)

Also, as you say, Mickey - (and I'd not really explored the why of it till you pointed it out) - a good book, film, song - bears repeating & rediscovering its wonderment within it, as well as discovering some that had been overlooked before. I reread and rewatch good books and films all the time. I'm eager to explore new ones, but those in which I've found value never lose it when re-visited.

It's even wonderful and exciting to explore my own depths. How can anyone be bored? I really cannot fathom it. Even that is interesting enough to wonder about!

In regard to finding wonder when revisiting the familiar: - where would the joy of a long loving relationship be without that? If people think they must have brand-new thrills in order to be 'turned on', they'll never know the wonder of an abiding, always fascinating relationship. My Dad always told Mother that he was never bored with her. What a tribute!

I was so determined to watch your video that I went to lengths to do so. This wonderful laptop I'm on has a glitch in which videos break up all through them, so that a 15 minute video takes at least twice as long, while much of the consecutive meaning can be sacrificed. (I must get it back to the Apple store with it. Whatever they did to fix it hasn't fixed it. ) So, instead, I hooked up my old computer so that I could watch your video in smooth sequence, beginning to end. But. - lo! and behold - the Adobe Flash Drive on it needed updating in order to do so and the update didn't download easily till I'd downloaded another Mac update. So more lengths to get to watch your video! And it was well worth it! I was so gratified that I persisted! Thank you, Mickey. Excellent!! (Hope your injury heals soon, although I enjoy the audio presentations fully, my friend! You don't have to stop them when you can also type again, do you?)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I'm having trouble posting my comment. First, nothing. Then, duplicate. Then, nothing again. I'm going to try again tomorrow. (It was one that doesn't put you down, Mickey - just the opposite. :-)

Well, well - that 'stuck'. Still I'm coming back tomorrow with my real comment. I'm not sure I'll put it up, with all the negative flak in the air... Sheesh.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Nellieanna ~ isn't it the worst?! I am so sweet and so encouraging and so patient with these ladies . . . I try to tell myself they are just teasing me, that they in fact actually (like all ladies) properly adore me, that they recognize my magnificent gifts, my keen intellect, and my massive humility - but all I get from them is mocking & ridicule . . . well, I assuage my damaged heart with the understanding that sarcasm is the most base form of wit and the last refuge of the weak-minded.

Now, as to you - I do not believe you are 81 years old . . . is your profile photo from 25 years ago? Not being bored is just the right other way to look at this, thank you . . . I do not know what being bored is like (except the hours long ago in the classroom, some of them anyway). It always stuns me when people complain that they are bored - it seems like such an easy thing to not be if you don't want to. I can understand being distressed because you don't feel well, or because something dreadful has happened, etc - but if you're simply bored then do something about it . . . read, watch a great film, listen to glorious music, or, think. Does anyone simply think anymore . . ? . . like, consider an idea, ponder over it, reflect on it, etc?


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, Mickey, you know women only mock men they truly adore. See yourself as the only boy among many sisters..... Poor you! I'll get you a big lollipop and a glass of hot chocolates....

Mmmm, must admit, when I don't get ALL the attention I FEEL ignored..... :)))))

Am I a spoiled brat or am I a spoiled brat.... ?

Again, I love your perceptive on wonder.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mickey Sr....Yes, it is the WORST. You are so sweet and so encouraging and so patient. I adore you because I recognize your magnificent gifts, your keen intellect and your massive humility. You are a Super Star.

BTW, the Doctors say I may be fortunate enough to regain at least 50% of my mental capacity, once I heal from the lobotomy and go through 12 electroshock therapy sessions, get hooked up to intravenous psychiatric meds and attend 2 years worth of aggressive talk therapy. Just in case you are interested.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

How wonderful it is that we realize the market on wonder is truly cornered by children. What better joy in life than to zero in on wonder?

So your philosophy includes "how far can I go, how far can I stretch a point" obviously you, our dear Mickey can go pretty far and we all follow behind you.

Not enough cloths at the beach? I found that a surprising statement coming from someone the women adore...that's a wonder. Your points about our 'wonderment' of other places to live is so spot on. Hershey Pa. really? The smell of chocolate there would keep me smiling all the time.

High school drop out? Most seriously not! Your personality, wit and sense of wonderment fill us all with wonder. Shall we call you Papa Mickey?

So its our familiarity with you that breeds admiration? "Oh Mickey, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey"

This hub is another testament to the great guy you are...I know, I'm pushing here but I've got to tell the truth!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Ah, Mickey. How could anyone fail to realize that you're the sweetest, most encouraging male super-star walking around? Plus you're interesting & interested. What a package! If anyone fails to notice that, then your assessment of such mentality is surely accurate!

Yes, I am. My 81st was last February. That makes me closer now to 82 than to 81. Besides, when one's birthday comes, its new age is the full year just completed. Then one is immediately launched into & onto the next one! So I'll have completed my 82nd year in 5 months and 14 days and be starting on my 83rd. hehe. What an adventure!

The current profile picture to which you referred was snapped at my desk upstairs by my computer in 2012. I ought to update my profile. In fact, just for you, I just now changed it to a picture of me about 25 years ago, taken by a professional photographer when I was 56 & more glamorous! I won't leave it there long, because it misrepresents me right now. But it was the quickest way to show you the difference between then and now.

In ways, I haven't changed awfully much in quite awhile, but up-close, there are more wrinkles & fewer head-hairs. But at least I just discovered I can move my cheeks the same way as one tightens up one's biceps. They're firm and kept exercised by laughing and smiling a lot. It's good for the health, and Life is quite amusing, at the very least! Need to keep it upbeat if I'm to last intact to100 or more, as I intend.

What a surprise to find that my actual comment written yesterday did post after all, and apparently without a duplication! I came here now to try again to post it, only to be pleasantly surprised that it's up and going already! Sometimes computers &internet seem in cahoots to spoil the amusement - or to add to it! Thankfully, there are great people to bring it back around in the former situations!

Even in a classroom with a dull subject or presentation, there are still interesting things to ponder, rather than wallowing in boredom, don't you agree?

Not sure a lot of folks do think much anymore, though. Simple solutions to 'boredom' which seem so 'no-brainer' to me seem to strain their brains. With so many things to think about and do - many more than time permits - it's more a question of being able to cover all the ground than of having no ground worth covering! But that is the mentality one sees prevailing all too often.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Martie ~ you always have my attention.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG LOL....OMG....LOL.....help me...I can't breathe.......Tillie, you're my Hero!........YOU are the Queen....no doubt about it. The Queen of SNIDE..........

.Maria! Have you seen Mary's talent?? Get over here! ..come quickly Feast your eyes on genius sarcasm!!. No WONDER we love her so!.....I'm amazed her tongue hasn't poked right thru her cheek!

I nominate Tillie for first prize!


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Maria ~ I would listen to you explain to you the mysteries of meatballs - you're the one who should be doing video/audio hubs.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Blanche, do you mean all this time we could have been friends?

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