I signed up for this thing called #reverb10. A month full of prompts guided to help me reflect on this past year and focus on goals for the next.
December 4: Wonder.
How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeff Davis)
Okay. I’m a little behind, but not by much. But this being behind bit sort of let me cheat and read everyone else’s answers first. And apparently everyone cultivates wonder in their life every day — and that this hasn’t been anything new to them. And you know, I sort of want to throw myself in that camp too.
I’ve always described myself as someone with an overactive imagination. I make time in the day to imagine. And with this imagination of mine, it allows for wonder. But what have I done to cultivate this? I agree, a sense of wonder is not new or foreign to me. It is a part of me… but what am I really doing to encourage it, to inspire it.
We question. We read. We ask. We listen. We watch. We learn.
Sometimes, I’ve found the best practice is to be still. There hasn’t been enough time this year for me to be still. I don’t always make time for it. Even on my almost 90-minute train ride to and from work, rather than being still I choose to just zone out. To just escape into my imagination. Now, it’s not a far stretch from wonder, but it’s not the same. In this hard year, I’ve just wanted to escape.
It’s time for me to begin being still again.