Thursday, October 16, 2008
Aren't We All Such a Wonder?
Do you ever stop to think of all the miracles around you? Everyone you meet, all the people your eyes can see... we're all such a wonder. We each carry inside of us entire worlds. We all hold a universe of feeling. Cargo ships full of memory. Unlimited potential.
I think of my students and their shining, happy faces. What amazing wonders are hidden behind those too-long bangs and gap-toothed grins? What marvelous things will they do with their precious lives? What fires can I ignite in them that will warm them their whole lives? I often ponder just how I might be able to pass along the life-giving fires of confidence, curiosity, and wonder.
I think of how precious each of us is. And I realize how easy it is to extinguish someone's spark. I picture crest-fallen faces after a casually spoken insult. I remember my own still-tender spots from unkind words. I think of delighted expressions after just a few words of praise. I feel arms hug me tight in relief that someone other than family loves them.
What a sacred task it is for us to protect each other. To cherish each other. To speak tenderly to another's dreams. We are all such miracles walking around a rough-edged world protected only by this fragile flesh. Let's be gentle with each other. We are all such a wonder.
My friend Jaime has a beautiful, poet's heart. Her words are always perfect: simple and profound. This post of hers inspired these ponderings of mine. Firefly's photostream is amazing. The photo pictured here was just a taste.
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