Begin The Year In Wonder

Have you noticed that sometimes when you see something spectacularly beautiful like a mountain vista or a delicate flower that you are fully in the moment? Have you noticed this shift of consciousness in other situations? This state of mind can be the foundation for the amazing state of mind called “wonder”.

One of the benefits of living in a locale that has wintry winters is the stark beauty of cold weather phenomenon. One of my all time favorites is when hoarfrost forms on every surface. I know that hoarfrost is a coating of frozen water molecules caused by the instantaneous chilling of condensation under conditions of very high relative humidity. Hoarfrost is most likely to form when the surfaces are colder than the surrounding moist air. A foggy wintry early morning is ideal for the formation of this substance.

Although I understand the scientific explanation of hoarfrost, the experiences of seeing, feeling, and tasting it cause me to pause in wonder of the ethereal beauty it causes. When the town is coated in a thick layer of hoarfrost, my mind enters a peaceful, yet curious dimension.

The feeling of wonder is a tricky one to define. My collegiate dictionary defines wonder as “…an emotion excited by what is surprising and strange and triggered by puzzled interest. There is often a feeling of admiration.” This description is true yet is incomplete. Wonder, to me, encapsulates some sort of spiritual aspect. As in the case of hoarfrost, it seems like a magic spell has been cast. I’m mesmerized and want the experience to last all day. It makes me feel fully integrated with the Universe.

Today is the first day of 2019. The first day of a year is a perfect time to allow the sense of wonder into our personal lives. Intellectually, we know that a year is an arbitrary measure of time. We keep track of the Earth’s orbit around our star with units called “days”. A day being the name we give to one rotation of our planet. This is an accurate description that will give a student good marks on a classroom science quiz about astronomy.

Yet when we ponder the nature of the orbits of planets around a star we understand that an orbit is a convenient way of thinking about a year. Our minds picture a circular or elliptical path that a planet travels around the star. Upon further contemplation, we remember that our star is also traveling. It has an orbit around the galactic center. So, when you think about the Earth’s motion around the Sun we get a mental picture of a spiral, not an elliptical or circular pathway.

We can project this concept into the motion of our galaxy also traveling through space in an even more immense spiral. The spirals just go on and on. When we think about everything else that apparently moves in circular patterns, we realize even more imaginary spirals. Thinking about the endless numbers of spirals in the Universe boggles the mind.

It is this sense of wonder about the Universe and life that enhances and brings joy to our lives. Even the sense of wonder has been described as a sort of mental activity that spirals upward into “higher dimensions”. Aren’t spirals wonderful?

I believe that starting something new like a project or a year with a feeling of wonder is the best way to launch it. It is the positive feeling of curiosity about the unfolding of the work or year that nourishes the spirit. What obstacles and hindrances will we encounter? What discoveries will happen? What will we learn during the course of this new year?

I hope everyone experiences 2019 with a sense of wide-eyed wonder.

The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quote from author/minister Robert Fulghum: “Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life–learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Begin The Year In Wonder

  1. GP Cox says:

    And I always say to begin the day with a smile – so, wonder with a smile would be terrific!

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