Word #27. Astonishment.
Quite possibly the secret to a happy, rich life is having an abundant capacity for astonishment.
As with so many life lessons, it is the children who are the experts in this realm. Follow the child and learn to be astonished once again.
“Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.” – Mary Oliver.