I cannot think of a more beautiful experience than that first, clean and fresh snowfall of winter. It snowed in Victoria last night. It was Christmas Eve and we went out for a walk after dinner. We didn’t hear sleigh bells in the snow but we did hear and see children playing and laughing with abandon.
Some people find a sense of wonder and awe through their philosophical or religious beliefs. Others find it through a walk in the forest; or a heroic act of human compassion.
To me the best place to experience the wonder and awe in this world of ours is to be the child within us. Explore without preconceptions; accept love for what it is; give joy to others without expectation…. and go play in the snow!
Beautiful photo, Kim! I agree; it is the child in us that embodies that wordless experience of wonder in the moment, which is always available to us. In this we might also feel a sense of reverence for simply being. While some describe this as a spiritual or religious experience, I don’t think it matters. Either way it’s just as valid and real.
In my email today was this quote, which seems to underscore what you are saying:
“Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.” ~ MACRINA WIEDERKEHR
Thank you for these beautiful words and sentiments Alan. You are one of those angels in my life!