If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.
-- Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

A sense of wonder

No matter what age you are you can always enjoy one of the most valuable aspects of being young -- a genuine and exhilarating sense of wonder.

There is no shortage of wonder in life. It never runs out. Unfortunately, as we grow older we too often tend to tune it out, to not even look for it. But it’s always there, just over the horizon. When you think you’ve seen it all, heard it all, experienced it all, what reason is there to get out of bed in the morning?

The fact is, you haven’t even come close to seeing it all. There’s always some new wonder waiting to be discovered, some new thing that will excite your passion and ignite the joy of your youth just as surely as if you had traveled back in a time machine.

There is a whole universe out there waiting to be discovered. You’ve only seen a tiny fraction of it. A lifetime worth of wonder awaits you. Wonder is an essential part of childhood, but it’s not just for children. Anyone, at any age, can add joy and meaning to any day by experiencing the sense of wonder that comes with each new discovery.

— Ralph Marston

 

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