Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
I’ve been thinking about this prompt and struggling with it. There’s something aspirational or whimsical about the word “wonder” that is making me pull back from it.
I think that the idea of…
I feel like my sense of wonder, of the definition of wonder, is different from this. For me, a sense of wonder that is cultivated only as regards the momentary misses the true point. While there is definitely whimsy, I don’t find a connotation of aspiration in that direction. Wonder is, to me, an ability to marvel at or love small things - which must be cultivated in a continuous fashion. I think wonder is the antidote to - maybe the opposite of - the jaded hipster irony that surrounds me, the practiced inability so many people seem to have developed when it comes to finding joy in things. Unselfconscious enjoyment is, to me, the heart of wonder. And that is something that needs to be practiced, too.