A beautiful friend recently told me, “Always find a little wonder in your day.” Words to live by, I’ll say. As children, we took wonder in the simple things – catching fireflies, finding a shiny penny, losing our training wheels, and spotting the moon. I was fascinated by the night sky. The beloved Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me was a longtime favorite, and I sought comfort in the glow of “the mimmy” each night.
Nowadays, we can become so caught up in life’s hustle and bustle that little moments of wonder escape our notice. They blend into the background of our existence, like a familiar song on repeat. It’s not that such moments happen less frequently as we grow older, but our receptiveness to them can change. We find ourselves instead dwelling on worries and misfortune, many of which warrant considerable time and attention. But when we become too focused on that which weighs us down, we have less room to absorb life’s simple pleasures.
What if we tipped the scales in the other direction? What if we let daily graces guide our attitudes and intentions instead of daily interruptions? Perhaps this requires greater deliberation, but the more we adopt such a stance, the less effort it comes to require, and soon evolves into our natural way of being.
Some days will be easier than others. You know the kind – a stranger buys your morning coffee, you hit all the green lights, find the perfect parking space, and by midmorning, are certain the sun is shining a little brighter. Others will be harder. You know this kind too. By day’s end, you are convinced that you should’ve stayed in bed; feeling completely knocked down, you start to question your ability to get up again and long for a merciful tomorrow.
Instead of letting our days determine our responses, we can determine our days’ progression. When we seek moments of wonder, or simply open our minds to their presence, our worst days start to feel a little more manageable; our in-between days fade; and our best days take us by surprise until they become more frequent.
Hafez wrote, “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” We all could benefit from a reminder to welcome the bright patches in our days. They lie in wait; we must choose to embrace them.