Contemplation · Wander · Wonder

Wonder & wander – the same and different.

Wonder and wander.  Wander and wonder.  I admit, I often confuse the two words.  But now, as I sit and contemplate on this subject, I ponder if there really is as big a difference in those two words.  I know the dictionary gives them different meanings, but still, who always believes the dictionary?  Often when I am in one of my “thinking” moods, I do my best thinking with a camera in hand, wandering through a field, around a park, even in my own front yard in the flower bed.  As I wander, I am filled with a sense of wonder, or contemplation, about everything.  From colors in the landscape or vegetation, to questions about what kinds of feelings or emotions things feel.  Humans feel things, we have emotions.  Do plants?  Birds?  Animals?  People have called me crazy (to my face and behind my back) when I talk to animals.  But I know they can hear and understand me.  Is it a full understanding?  No, probably not.  But, they know when we have a good day and want to celebrate.  They know when we’ve had a bad day and just need a good cuddle.  And they know how to let us know when they need something.

Sorry, I’ve gotten a little off the original topic, but you’ll get used to that.  My brain jumps, runs, skips, falls, rolls, circles, and just about every other motion possible in the course of a day, if not hour.  Now – back to wonder versus wander.  Does one always come with the other?  Or does one bring about the other?  See, more connected than you ever thought about before, right.

I have a book that was given to me as a Christmas present shortly after my Grandmother passed away.  I was having a hard time with her passing and really questioning life, my purpose in it, and what my relationship with the rest of it would be.  In this book, there is a quote that I re-read again tonight (sparked some of the inspiration for this post) and I want to share it.

“Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder.  Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe…Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number.  I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I only ask to share the wonder of it all” ~Joshua Abraham Heschel 

Now, read it again.  Did you really?  Or do you just want to get to the good part faster? As you read it a second time, did you find yourself trying to replace (or even just add) wander to those places with wonder?  Now, I have never met Mr. Heschel, nor have I read any interpretations of this passage, but a part of me wants to ask him these questions and get his take on the wonder vs wander debate.

Please leave me your comments and thoughts as I am very curious to hear how you feel about these two very different, yet so very similar, words.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I wish you a wonderful today!

Jaime

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My second first blog post

Well hello there!  I’m glad you stopped by.  This is my second time attempting a blog, so it’s officially my second blog post, but the first time around was not the greatest.  Second chances are a good thing, right?

Life has a crazy way of putting you in the right place at the right time, doesn’t it.  Just when things start to go a little crazy, get a little difficult, a little more than what seems comfortable to handle, you end up in a place that makes the crazy a little less crazy, things get easier and much more comfortable to handle.  A while ago, I saw a post about something called a bullet journal and it just struck me, this is what I need in my life.  BUT, let me stop right there.  What I have found out is that you don’t just decide to start a bullet journal one day.  They are actually a lot of work to start.  There is planning, research, observation, trial and error – wait, this sounds eerily similar to the scientific method we learned about in school!  What the heck?!?!  

I’ll briefly explain that I am slightly OCD in my approach to planning and organizing my life.  I carry a planner.  AND about 10 pens with me.  EVERYWHERE!  All day!  Everyday!  I love to write in my planner.  Wait, I must write in my planner, otherwise, I’d never be able to keep my life straight.  Now, I know, some of you reading this know me and are laughing right now.  (I’ll fill the rest of you in real quick).  Parts of my life (my planner) are UBER organized.  Parts of my life are organized chaos (my desk at work).  Parts of my life are just plain chaos (mostly everything else).  It’s something I’ve been trying to work on and I have tried and failed, but I keep trying, so at least that’s a plus.

Now, back to a bullet journal.  This concept combines a planner, a diary, a life plan, hopes and dreams, quotes, daily feelings, long term plans, short term plans – pretty much everything – into one!  My brain is thinking it is in HEAVEN!  One place to keep everything!  Here comes the BUT – like I said before, they are not easy to create.  Yes, create.  Since the concept is that each bullet journal is customized to individual, you can’t just buy one at the store (yes, I’ve looked, A LOT!).  I am still working on finding the parts and pieces that I want/need in my bullet journal. A work in progress, ever evolving into who knows what.  But my much needed calm in the crazy world I call life.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll come back again, every post will be different, but you’ll find common themes or threads.  Don’t ask me to label them, I wouldn’t even begin to know how.  But you’ll find them.  I’d love to read your comments and I’ll do my best to respond to them.  Thanks again and have a wonderful today!

Jaime