A World of Wonder

Sides of Wonder

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Pondering the Many

Wonder is a subject I have taken for granted, like happiness and love.

I experience wonder each and every day in a myriad of ways.

Wonder has many facets:

  • Curiosity
  • Speculation
  • Astonishment
  • Admiration
  • Marvel
  • Miracles

Wonder has many perspectives...

"I think at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity

I wonder what the world would be like without...

I was one of those kids. Mom would write years later in her Journal that my favorite word was why.

Me...I considered myself naturally curious.

Curiosity killed the cat. Why? The cat has nine lives after all...!

I appreciate routine. Still, with the simple act of brushing one's teeth comes an implied list of benefits -- ie.) the whys!

I am especially intrigued with the curiosity of our unique personalities. I revel in this aspect of my chosen professions of nursing and teaching, readily admitting a spillover in my personal life. Curiosity is a part of wonder.



"If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation."

— William Hazlitt

Speculation

I wonder what the world would be like without...

Life, people and behaviors are mysterious and complex at times. Even the most curious of personalities can be baffled by it all.

Speculation is a form of wonder that involves creativity and imagination.

Speculation is an opinion when other forms of verification are not possible.

Speculation is one's best guess based on facts as presented.


Aretha Franklin: I Wonder (Where You Are Tonight)

"The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment."

— Celia Green

Astonishment

I wonder what the world would be like without...

Can you remember the last time you were completely and thoroughly astonished? Were you pleasantly surprised?

On a recent field trip, my sister and I happened upon a roadside Cafe in a small town. Totally on faith, we stopped in.

Although the place was crawling with locals and tourists, we were instantly seated. The tables were intimately placed but we did not feel like sardines.

There was a wide mix of ages. Everyone was chatting, yet we could easily hear our own conversation.

The staff was efficient, courteous and everyone was wearing a heartfelt smile. The service was relaxed but we were checked on frequently.

Our meals were out of this world, clearly worth the wait and so reasonable in price.

I know my sister would agree that it was an astonishingly wonderful experience, one that we shall not soon forget.





Carly Simon: Something Wonderful

"To love is to admire with the heart. To admire is to love with the mind."

— Theophile Gautier

Admiration

I wonder what the world would be like without...

I appreciate the wonder in true, unadulterated skill and talent. I greatly admire this, as a matter of fact.

Recently, I sat in a trance, listening to several YouTubes that my friend, Vicki, sent me of a child prodigy in her life, who plays the violin and the piano with the proficiency of a master. Yet, her demeanor carries the innocence and humility of the child she is...a truly admirable quality.

I have seen other extremely talented people who have an air of bravado or grandiosity, greatly diminishing their artful creativity, if truth be told.



"Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel."

— Katherine Mansfield

Marvel

I wonder what the world would be like without...

Habits are often called routine. I take exception with that.

I make a habit of meeting new people whenever I can, in real time or virtually speaking... I find wonder in this practice.

Walking with my best gal pal, Aunt Baby, is one of the best ways to meet and greet new people and pooches as we explore the world of our neighborhood. Her gentle and sweet disposition is a natural magnet for the start of many a wondrous connection.

I can have a running conversation with a complete stranger in a grocery line, only to find out we have a mutual acquaintaince along life's journey. That is a marvel to me.

When I read a friend's hub, finding a thoughtful comment, I try to look that person up when I have the time. I have made the most extraordinary friends in this way. Marvelous people tend to attract the same kinds of people in their lives.


Sarah Brightman: What A Wonderful World

"Miracles are what happens when you get out of the way of yourself."

— Brad Szollose

Miracles

I wonder what the world would be like without ...

Well, I wouldn't be alive today without a miracle.

I was meant to die in 1999. For reasons I will never understand, my life was spared.

I still wonder at the circumstances of it all. I continue to feel blessed and grateful as I greet each day.

I think miracles are contagious. Miracles take faith. Miracles start with a dream.

Dreams are filled with wonder and possibility. Dreams are the foundation for hope.

Although I recognize my need for a practical and organized approach to life, I have learned to love the balance involved with my creativity and sense of wonder.

Life is meant to be experienced, enjoyed and cherished, filled with ordinary miracles.

Thanks to my Perspectives team mates and loyal readers for sharing my wonder with me, mar.


© Maria Jordan (revised July, 2015)

Sarah McLachlan: Ordinary Miracle

Ordinary Miracles

Sung by Sarah McLachlan

It's not that unusual

When everything is beautiful

It's just another ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when it's time to snow

Don't need to teach a seed to grow

It's just another ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift they say

Wrapped up for you everyday

Open up and find a way

To give some of your own

Isn't it remarkable

Like every time a raindrop falls

It's just another ordinary miracle today

Birds in winter have their fling

Will always make it home by spring

It's just another ordinary miracle today

When you wake up everyday

Please don't throw your dreams away

Hold them close to your heart

'Cause we're all a part of the ordinary miracle

Ordinary miracle

Do you want to see a miracle?

It seems so exceptional

The things just work out after all

It's just another ordinary miracle today

Sun comes up and shines so bright

And disappears again at night

It's just another ordinary miracle today

It's just another ordinary miracle today

Songwriters BALLARD, GLEN / STEWART, DAVID ALLAN


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marcoujor 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks for stopping by, dear Deborah - your feedback is most appreciated.


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Deborah Demander 10 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Thank you for expressing the idea of wonder so completely and compellingly.

Namaste


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, Joe. Always so nice to see you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

The world we live in is just one big wonder, unbelievable facts here. Really enjoyed reading this hub.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thank you, Car51... You have been so wonderful and loyal to my writing. With the busy days that summer brings, this is perfectly understandable.

Yes, I believe that restaurant would be your cup of tea for sure!


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Car51 3 years ago

How did I miss this Hub? I agree it's "wonder"ful to be pleasantly surprised. Your example of the unexpected "astonishingly wonderful" restaurant experience is a good one!! May life give you an abundance of wonderful (albeit ordinary) miracles!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Mary, With the start of a new school year, it is no wonder I am late, but nonetheless grateful for your gracious and beautiful remarks. I always appreciate your time, and am holding you and your family in my heart and prayers.

Nellieanna, Thank you for stopping back...what an awesome experience that must have been.

drbj, Your comments are meaningful and most appreciated.

Hoping you all have a lovely and peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I like the creative twist, Maria, that you put on this hub regarding 'Wonder' by comparing the wondrous presence and characteristics of the esteemed hubbers you mentioned. Thank you for this eminently readable version.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, Maria; I will.

It's been more than simply a great visit by family as most people normally and regularly enjoy. Since these were previously unavailable to me for their lifetimes & vice versa, it's almost like having people raised from the dead. . . . hard to describe, except in words and tones of utter amazement & WONDER. :-)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You my dear friend are a wonder. Your acceptance of what is and your deep intuition of those around you. We know Mickey is a scapegoat for our humor and such a stand up guy to be such. Love ya Mickey.

Each description you gave of each Perspectives team member has depth, understanding and a wonder in itself.

As an adoptee, I find life a wonder too...I wonder where I could have wound up, I wonder why I was lucky enough to have the life I have...a life full of wonder.

Lastly, I wonder at how blessed I am to have met people like you. You have been a support and loving friend both on HP and off and this lovely hub is just another example of the wonder of Maria!

"I just met a girl named Maria, and finally I found, how wonderful a sound can be!"

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and shared.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

So nice of you to visit and glad to hear your family has been visiting you, Nellieanna. Take care of yourself.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

OH, dear Maria - this is a lovely look at the world of wonder, as you've pinpointed some of its major characteristics. I love the way you tied each of those in with your fellow Perspectives participants! Ingenious!

Wonderment outdoes itself sometimes. In my life some incredible miracles are presently occurring. The wife and two lovely grown children of my very-long-estranged son have sought me out, 'investigated me' in my webpages and hubs and found that who I am is not whom they were led to believe I was. These wonderful grandchildren have just recently visited me from Ohio! My d-i-l is a nurse, by the way. Her health at present prevented her from visiting too, but we look forward to it soon. My son still staunchly holds out but they are hoping to intervene and make a difference. Either way, - I now love & have contact with these three wonderful people & 5 more beautiful great-grandchildren! Even my daughter and her offspring are being benefitted by this development! They're close enough to visit easily, Indiana & Ohio.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Becky, What a wondrous comment filled with such love. You are all about family, girlfriend and that makes you such a treasure to us.

Girishpuri, So very nice to see you, hope all is well and thank you, dear heart!

Genna, "Pondering, perspectives and possibilities"... Yes, I agree, dear woman that these are favorites of mine as well. How awesome ( hoping you understand) that my work brought tears to your eyes...that feels like an ultimate and treasured compliment to me...just like you taking your precious time to stop by. Thank you so very much.

Pamela, No matter how the "administrative" details wear me out on HP, a comment such as yours reminds me of the decency, beauty and value of the relationships I have made in my talented writers and friends.

Hoping you all have a peaceful day. Love, Maria


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Mar, this is an awesome hub and I loved the way you described your experience with each co-author of this group, as well as, your friendship with them. Ths videos and inspirational sayings also made a huge impact on the whole hub. You are such as treasure and I love to read your hubs. Up and Awesome! Hugs.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love the word, “perspective.” Three of my favorite words all begin with the same letter: Pondering, perspectives, and possibilities. And they all stem from the same word, “Why?” When I read your wonderful hub, I was immediately reminded of a recent conversation I had with my son, Budd. He and my daughter-in-law are doing such an amazing job raising their 6-month daughter. I told Budd that she will be “inquisitive of life,” and this is one of the greatest gifts she can have. Although she is very young, all of the elements you have described here embody what they are trying to instill within her, and will continue to endeavor to do. When I saw the words, the poetry and the music in your hub, it brought tears to my eyes. Such are the miracles of life. Thank you, Maria…for being you and for sharing such extraordinary moments of inspiration. Hugs!


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Wonderful article Maria, God bless you


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Maria, I will never forget the wonder, amazement and awe that I felt while watching my grandchildren being born. I have been a part of many births but never actually witnessed one live. I was wide awake when my own were born. I have seen many videos of the process. That did not prepare me for when I actually witnessed their arrival in this world. Inch by inch, their arrival amazed me. This was beautifully written and confirmed what I knew of you.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Y'all,

Sha, You had the perfect reaction to this piece, as I was hoping you would. You are a delight to all of us who love you and you selected a most wondrous topic for us this month.

Vicki, It is uncanny how your Perspective mirrors precisely how I feel about you. Whether a noun or a verb, you put the 'w' in wonder!

Mickey Sr, I really do wonder what I would do if I didn't have you to goof around with, you big goof...but I really don't want to end up on the same beach as you, dig it!

Oh Paula, I never wonder and I should have known you loved Johnny Mathis too.

Bill, I know you appreciate the wonder of every day to the very fullest as I do...I love when you stop by my work.

My clever Sista, Martie, You never miss a beat and your love for me is indeed a treat!

Suzette, I have read your beautiful comments on all of our hubs today...thank you for your insights and following...you are a gracious lady indeed!

" Curiosity is the mother of creation". Vinaya, I love that, as well as your thoughtful comment. It would be amazing to hang out with you and listen to music, chat and get to know each other...OK, we could invite Vicki too! She will want to listen to Frank Zappa...!

Mike, I never meant this to turn into an extravaganza but with the key players involved..I was lucky it didn't evolve into a mystery...hey, wait a minute, aren't you supposed to be...???

Oh Faith, " Curious George" has got to be one of the cutest names for a kitty I have heard in awhile...thank you so much for the smile, the visit and the sweet comment, dear friend.

Thank you, dear Rosemay, so lovely to see you.

Ruby, You are never late at my place and your comments touch my heart. Hope you know that you inspire me just as much.

Have a peaceful night to all. Love and hugs, Maria


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Mar, I finally arrived at the comment section. I've been lost at Eric and Johnny's videos. ' A world of wonder prespective ' is beautifully written. We meet a few people along our journey of life that makes us happy to be alive and you my friend are one of them. You never cease to amaze me, your generosity knows no boundaries. Miracles happen everyday, the only way to be aware of them is to be open to all possibilties and believe. Thank you for all you do to inspire me daily...


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I so enjoyed reading this perspective, I think it is one of my favourites. So full of wonder, joy and the little miracles of life itself.

Thmbs up from me


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Maria,

A world of wonder indeed, and I would not want to have to experience "the without" part, but we can truly wonder about it.

Love how you wonderfully highlighted each wonderful member of the Perspectives Team, coupled with each and every "wonderful" music video choice. And if I may say so myself, you do have the best taste in music dear friend.

Yes, my grands have brought back to my mind all the "whys" and I love it. It is like looking at the world in a new and wonderful way when they come up for a visit for all the world is such a wonderment. And speaking of curious, Scarlett named our new kitten, George ... LOL and it is perfect, for he is the most curious cat that I have ever known.

Thank you for this most wonderful write here from a most wonderful you!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love always, Faith Reaper


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

Hello mar. I see the The Perspective Team has left you with wonder and for a handful of different reasons. Each has had their impact on you. As always, your musical selections speak volumes. You turned a perspective into a tribute into an extravaganza.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Maria,

Curiosity is the mother of creation. It is even said God created this world out of curiosity. You share your wonderful perspective on some of my best hub writers.

Thanks for the musical treat. Wonderful tonight is one of my favorite songs. I also like Sarah Brightman.I never get tired listening to her The Phantom of The Opera.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Wonderful article, Maria. The whole bunch of your are wonderful! I so enjoyed reading this and the quotes and songs you have chosen are perfect. I agree, each one of you is a wonder in your own way. This is so heartwarming to read. It is inspiring and thought-provoking. If each of us looked for the wonder in each person we met, the world would be a better place. Thank you for your unique take on wonder!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Mar, I was so CURIOUS to read your perspective on WONDER, and I have SPECULATED in silence whether you will surprise me again, and lo and behold, I have read you once again in total ASTONISHMENT. My ADMIRATION for you knows no boundaries; I MARVEL in your friendship. The fact that we are BFF in cyberspace is for many reasons, including ’99 and the development of the Internet, a MIRACLE. I am truly in a state of wonder!

Voted up and WONDERful :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

For those of us who have cheated death, the subject of wonder is an easy one to write about, is it not? I could write a book on the wonder of life I feel every single day of my life.

Thank you for the reminder my dear friend...the music was perfect....love Sarah Mc

love always

bill


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria....Maria, Maria....Even the sound of your name is Beautiful.....sung by many, even one of my idols of years gone by, "Johnny Mathis" (thank you, for his song, here) All of the songs you have chosen, awaken emotions that move us in pleasant directions and gently unfold memories. Your hand-chosen quotes are deep and meaningful....enough to open our sleepy eyes, to the beauty of each new day.

I am awed by the uniqueness, in which you describe your "Perspectives" team mates. Each of them, so incredibly valuable and amazing. You leave no "wonder" of your Love & Loyalty...as you give of your heart so generously, Maria.

Thank you, my dear sweet friend. You need never, ever "wonder"...that you are so Loved and Admired by me.....UP+++tweeted & shared


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Maria ~ growing on you "like wart"?!

At the risk of demonstrating a sense of self-importance by explaining, even defending myself; I, honestly, only own a sense of self-importance in the same way I think every soul should own a sense of self-importance . . . my problem is that I have no discernible filter, I don't know how to go about swirling my toe in the ground as I rub my chin in my chest - that all seems a goofy waste of time, so I trust that those I draw close to will come to recognize that I can't help it if I'm so glorious . . . I mean, will come to recognize that I'm just a goof who happens to be interested in academic type things, and that while I take ideas very seriously I do not take myself so seriously at all.

I am delighted you've come to see a bit of that, that I'm not so outrageous as my uncomfortable manner of receiving compliments by boasting how short they fall from the truth would indicate . . . I'm delighted you've come to some sense of understanding of and appreciation for the 'me' that I am - because I'm so terribly fond of you.

. . . and, oh yeah; your hubs are always such a screamingly charming blend of insight and fun.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Oh, Maria, this is truly one of your best Perspectives to date. It has such a feeling of true enjoyment, curiosity and appreciation as you contemplate the wonder in your life. The music really sparks each section too, and, as you always do, it is perfectly chosen to enhance your words . Beautiful, my dear friend.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Maria, this is such a unique and wonderful expression of your perspective on wonder. I enjoyed the detail of the relationship you have with each of us. You made me laugh when you talked about Mickey and you put a huge smile on my face when you described your thoughts about me. You are so sweet and such a good friend. Not to mention the fact that your music choices seemed to fit all of us beautifully. I know Mickey will appreciate Clapton.

Great job my strong and beautiful friend!

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