Today’s #Reverb10 prompt couldn’t have come at a more perfect time:
Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
When this prompt popped into my inbox about 11 PM last night, I had been sitting in silence, with just a single soft lamp casting light around a corner of the living room, staring out the window at the falling snow. The first snowfall is magical every year and always inspires a sense of wonder and smallness. (Even my very first snowfall in this house, which dumped a full foot of snow, was magical.)
Throughout the year, I’ve been taking – and making – more time to enjoy the wonder of the world around me. I’ve come to enjoy the marvels of a quiet house, with no sounds beyond the ticking of the clock and the snoring cat. I spend more time than ever outside, ostensibly to run, but really, it’s to be outside. Running or walking or just being in a place where you’re alone and small, surrounded by beauty and grace, is wonderful.
And it helps bring perspective to the chaos and busy rush of daily life. After a crazy week of deadlines and work and trying to squeeze it all in, twenty minutes in the backyard, lying in the grass and gazing up at the stars, listening to the chirp of crickets, makes it all better. While part of me shrieks that those twenty minutes could be better spent cleaning the bathroom or finishing a project, I’m getting better at silencing that voice.
Because taking time to appreciate the wonder around us makes everything else worth it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a driveway to shovel. I rather enjoy the quiet of the world when it’s snowing, when sounds are muffled and no one else it out. I don’t bother with music – I just marvel at the Currier & Ives scenery and am thankful that I can manage it by myself.