This poem by Czeslaw Milosz invites me into the grace of WONDER. Read it slowly and think of some thing in your past that filled you with wonder.
We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn.
A red wing rose in the darkness.
And suddenly a hare ran across the road.
One of us pointed to it with his hand.
That was long ago. Today neither of them is alive,
Not the hare, nor the man who made the gesture.
O my love, where are they, where are they going?
The flash of a hand, streak of movement, rustle of pebbles.
I ask not out of sorrow, but in wonder.
~ Czeslaw Milosz ~
The flower above is one of my memories. It, too, no longer exists in the way I once beheld it. It does, however, still exist in my mind, in my memory. Its visit once filled me with wonder.
As we reflect on some of the gifts of the past and the WONDER they brought into our lives we might also reflect on the importance of living mindfully. There are many people who wouldn't give a 2nd thought to the things that the poet is so lovingly remembering. Remembering is important. Mindfulness is important. We can choose how alive with wonder we are. Right now, today, make plans to choose wonder.