Go for Wonder

snow-covered branch - Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash

Sometime this weekend, do something that fills you with wonder. Allow yourself to experience awe. This can be one of the best medicines for whatever ails us. I present workshops and retreats to writers and other artistic types, and I tell them that the best way to fill up a creative well that’s gone dry is to do something that fills you with wonder. Witness something that fills you with wonder. Let your heart be your guide.

When do you feel your soul lift? When do you feel as if you are breathing deeply for the first time in a long time? Where is your wonder?

  • Standing in a field at dawn or sunset
  • Holding a small child while she sleeps
  • Listening to that certain symphony or chorale that never fails to make you weep
  • Driving around the part of town where the Christmas decorations are lavish
  • Pausing in the woods during snowfall
  • Making your perfect yeast bread
  • Skating at the city ice rink or walking the lakefront or prairie path
  • Taking a leisurely hour in a museum or gallery
  • Spending ten minutes in the morning with a poem that sparks you to life
  • Attending services where prayers are sung or silence is kept
  • Participating in a seasonal performance of music, dance, or drama

The great thing about wonder is that it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of time or energy. You may have the opportunity to watch birds at the feeder for five minutes, and that’s all you can do today. But don’t let the opportunity pass. Go find your wonder!

Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 184 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

3 Comments on Go for Wonder

  1. driving on a foggy morning and being able to see the sun covered with fog and looking at it directly and as I continue to drive and direction changes the fog disappears and the sun is shining…wonderful gift from God.

  2. I am in full agreement with Bette.
    Thank you Vinita, for your wise words which also seem to find me exactly where I am at the given moment.

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