In August of 2018, Shantanu Baruah participated in a 3 Day Quote Challenge. On the third day, instead of nominating 3 people he left it open to anyone who wanted to do the challenge to participate. Feeling the need for a creative challenge, I have accepted and today is the first of the three days of quotes.
Thank you Shantanu for allowing anyone interested to participate in this challenge. As nice as it is to be nominated for a challenge, sometimes it is fun to decide on your own that you want to participate. Shantanu writes an amazing blog full of poetry, prose, stories and quotes. His writing touches all of human emotion; humor, beauty, wisdom, hope, sadness, generosity, disappointment, creativity, just to name a few. Please check out his blog by clicking on the following link: Ckonfab
Rules: For three days, thank the person who nominated you and share a link to their blog. Nominate three people each day. Pick a quote for each day of the challenge. Write down why you chose it and what it says to you. Meditating on a quote is a great way to get creative juices flowing.
Today’s nominations are:
- Jason Youngman, who writes the blog Metaphysical Reflections
- Romina, her blog is called Living What You Love
- Debby, who writes the blog Thoughtsmith
Here is my quote for the 1st day of the 3 day quote challenge!
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” -Neil Armstrong
Do you like to learn? I do. I realized when I was meditating on this quote that part of my love of learning is wonder.
The word wonder as defined by the Google Dictionary states that it is a noun and a verb. The definition for the wonder as a noun is “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable.” As a verb it is defined as the “desire or be curious to know something and/or to feel admiration and amazement; marvel.”
When you have that “a-ha!” moment as things come together and you understand, that is wonder. Admiration of someone for their skills or abilities, that is wonder. Curiosity to learn about a topic, technique, place, etc., that is wonder. Marveling at the world around you that is wonder, too.
So often we get caught up in the day-to-day grind. We are bogged down with the mundane activities of life: go to work; put gas in the car; go to school; buy groceries; make dinner; wash the dishes; do the laundry; brush your teeth; etc. I’m not saying that these things aren’t important because they are. However, we forget that there is so much more to being alive.
I have a niece who is a little over a year old. Everything is so exciting for her. Each new skill, like learning to walk, is a fabulous experience. She wants to learn more and more. I can see, as I spend time with her, that each moment is filled with wonder. For her and for me.
My challenge for you today is to see the wonder in things. Look at the world around you as if through the eyes of a child. What wonder will you experience?