Wonder

23 03 2012

Some time ago my wife and I attended a party for some friends who moved from chilly northern New York to the deep South.

I had a nice talk with a friend I’d not seen in a while about our children.  One of his sons is fifteen and a budding writer.  He wrote his first book when he was twelve, two hundred pages worth.  At twelve.  His father beamed with pride and wonder at the level of imagination and creativity his child poured into his writing—the worlds that emerged from his unencumbered thinking and exploration of ideas and marvelous possibilities.

I told him that he and his wife obviously did something right simply by allowing the imagination of his child to flourish and express itself.

What a gift…..

I’m reminded of the title of a book by Abraham Joshua Heschel, I Asked For Wonder.  Not money.  Not intelligence.  Or fame.  Or any of a thousand pursuits we’re told will give us a happy life.  But wonder.

Are you able, like Einstein, da Vinci, Steve Jobs or any one of thousands of children you’ve seen, to let your imagination run free?  To think outside the rigid boundaries of what is acceptable or standard and find creative and beautiful realities, solutions and contributions to your world?

Ask for wonder…and watch what happens.

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23 03 2012
David Kanigan

12. Wow!

23 03 2012
Christian Fahey

This boy is really bright (his father’s a doctor so he had him learning very early). Thanks for stopping by, David!

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