After mulling over yesterday’s post, I’ve set myself the task of writing about astonishing things for 30 days. Nothing like a solid practice to cultivate a sense of wonder.
Of course, there are all kinds of extraordinary and amazing stories out there, including on the internet. While I may draw on a couple of those, I aim to focus on what’s right in front of me.
Paying attention, as Mary Oliver urges. For when we adjust our perspective to zoom in on the astonishing, we find that it abounds.
Like right now…the miracle of snowfall. Looking out the window, I am awestruck again by the thought that each flake is unique. By the echoing hush with which snow blankets the world. By the breathtaking, ineffable beauty of softness and light that transforms the landscape in a brand spanking new painting.
And the sorceress snow casts a spell that enchants, making animals, including some human beings, burst with playfulness. Snow angels, anyone?
The deer family out back broke into a rollicking game of tag, racing around the marsh and then gamboling over tree trunks and rocks on the wooded peninsula. Leaving ethereal puffs of snow in their wakes…like memories, like stardust.
Yes, snow astonishes. A magician of light and sound and energy.
What astonishes you?
living a life:
Tell about it.” ~Mary Oliver, “Sometimes”