Word #27 of 100 – Astonishment

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.

Mysteries, Yes

“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.