What is your wonder quotient? Are you alert to the splendor in everyday events? What amazes you?
Children tend to have a keen sense of wonder. Your wonder-awareness may have been stolen by adversity. Or the culprit may be simple neglect. If yours is gone, you can get it back!
Wonder lies cold, hard and yellowed, like corn kernels tossed on a black cast-iron world.
Most children have a measure of it: the ability to see the wonder, the stories in the forest. We have a taste of it when we've first embraced a brand-new experience or found an intriguing place or begun a relationship where's everything's fresh, full of adventure and delightful discoveries.
But many lose their sense of wonder along the way. A pall of mundane and ordinary and routine sets in. It's like the constant fight against dust and dirt and clutter in our houses. If we don't attack it on a daily basis, we're inundated with thingies on the floor, clouds on the furniture, piles everywhere ... The same is true with our sense of wonder. It becomes dulled, stunted, even deadened, under the stifling clutter poured into everyday living.