Saturday, December 4, 2010

#Reverb10: 4.0

December 4 – Wonder.

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

(Author: Jeffrey Davis)

It's too early for me to lie: I Googled.

According to the almighty Google, "sense of wonder" either refers to the book by environmentalist Rachel Carson or relates to science fiction. In Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction Jeff Prucher writes that a "sense of wonder" refers to "a feeling of awakening or awe triggered by an expansion of one’s awareness of what is possible or by confrontation with the vastness of space and time, as brought on by reading science fiction."

I'm not sure that's what the prompt's author had in mind. But, my mind doesn't work in those terms.

I don't think in terms of "wonder." I'm not casting a judgment on it, either way, but that's not how my brain works. That's not to say that I'm not invigorated by or interested in the world around me, but I've never found myself in what I would consider a "sense of wonder." When I read about the possibilities of the world, I'm not awed so much as aware and accepting of the general state of things. Reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything might have been the closest I came, when I really, seriously and logically considered how freaking rare the cultivation of life on this rock was some billions of years ago. That's how my sense of wonder works: pragmatically, realistically.

Most of the concepts that demand my attention are tangible and timely. I prefer to get passionate about causes and concepts rather than sit back and revel in them. That's what "wonder" has always seemed like to me: inaction, sitting back and being dumbstruck by something, and that's just not my style. I do take time to enjoy the world around me (see previous post about "moment"), but rarely do so passively. For me, wonder isn't something I consciously experience, but maybe it works for others. But that's the beauty of words that signify emotions: they're open to interpretation as is the entire world around us.

#Reverb10 is a project that encourages people to reflect on the current year and manifest what's to come in the next by responding to a daily prompt. To get involved with #Reverb10, click on over to their website and join in the fun.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, this! It's what I was thinking this morning when I wrote that I don't do "wonder." But you articulated it so much better than I would have. So thank you for that from a fellow Philly transplant!

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