The Unbounded Joy of Discovery

Anne Lamott–Try walking around with a child who’s going, “Wow, wow! Look at that dirty dog! Look at that burned-down house! Look at that red sky!” And the child points and you look, and you see, and you start going, “Wow! Look at that huge crazy hedge! Look at that teeny little baby! Look at the scary dark cloud!” I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world – present and in awe.

I love hanging out with little ones. Often at family reunions that’s where you’ll find me. I’m bored listening to talk about people who aren’t there. I love the joy in play and the joy in discovery of these new humans.

Life could well consist of keeping that spirit alive as we pass through school with its memorization, and our 20s and 30s and 40s while we are striving to find a place in society, and in our 60s and 70s as we have time to be with the children again.

We could cast our sails with Einstein and DaVinci and others who maintained a joy of discovery into old age.

Look! Wow! Did you see that cool caterpillar? Or the seeds that stick to you while you walk in the fields in the fall? Or the birds soaring above the lake?

It’s a wonderful world there for the experiencing.

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