There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
It’s that time of the year, where people often say they’re filled with wonder. They love this season, and all it implies. It’s not just a silly event, it’s this month and it’s sense of the miraculous and the beautiful. Itcauses us to be filled with wonder.
Wonder is that “feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” It’s something we expect and want. It’s almost like an emotional high.
And that’s a great thing!! Our entire world is full of wonder. However, the idea of wonder is far deeper than we could ever imagine.
Learning to wonder:
It turns out that the word “wonder” has dual meanings. When used as a noun, it is that magical feeling when you find something amazing. But when we use it as a verb, it’s a sense of curiousity that sends us on a journey towards a real curiousity. It’s the desire to ask question
Psychologist Jeremy Sherman once noted that this was a similar nature. He saw that the dual definition of “Wonder” gave the word a far deeper meaning:
Wonder is a contranym in that it means both the state of not seeking more answers and seeking more. When wonder means awe, you have ample answers, so just appreciate in wonder. When wonder means doubt, you need answers and are unsettled until you get them
In other words, we use wonder to discover answers, and to appreciate them. We first ask a question in order to discover an answer, then we appreciate the value of that answer.
Isn’t that process curious? Isn’t it wild? How can we discover more wonder in our world? The easiest way is to develop a sense of wonder is to wonder about something.
That phrase doesn’t make much sense. It feels like an oxymoron. Nevertheless it’s true. However, think of verb “wonder” as another form of curiousity. When we develop a strong sense of curiousity, we create a chance to enjoy the majesty and wonder of the world.
So, how can you take steps today to be more curious?
Ask More Questions.
I believe that questions are the catalysts for discovery. Through a great question, we open up opportunities for conversations, for explorations, and eventually for answers. And it’s through those answers that we begin to understand the world around us. Once we understand it, then we are in a perfect position for enjoying it’s true wonder.
What has inspired you in wonder recently? Why was it wonderful?