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A World of Wonder

Updated on July 3, 2015

Sides of Wonder


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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