Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was published in 1972. The award-winning book, written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz, chronicled one day in a young boy’s life—a day when nothing went right. From his first step out of bed (onto his skateboard) to his nightlight burning out when he finally returns to bed (in pajamas he hates), all he can think of is that he’d rather be in Australia. Alexander noticed nothing redeeming about that day except perhaps the realization that people also have bad days in Australia.
This week I got stuck behind a car traveling slower than the speed limit. It was a gray compact (don’t ask me what make or model!) and nondescript except for one thing. Its license plate read, “IN AWE.”
What a wonder-full mantra to take with you wherever you go!
Although I try to begin and end each day feeling grateful, I confess that I have not been noticing many things that cause me to stop and stare in wonder. My focus tends to be on the task at hand, or “decompressing” from completed tasks or, as I write in Quantum God, “…so intent on what our future should bring that we fail to notice the wonder that has cropped up, right before our eyes. Like a treasure of cheerful, golden dandelions.”
We’re not likely to see dandelions any time soon, but the daffodils will soon be sprouting, and kindnesses abound, and Mother Earth is full of elements that inspire awe.
This week I intend to notice the world around me, and to let it move the world within me to wonder. I invite you, dear heart, to share wonder-full experiences with all of us.