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!