Wonder (warning: explicit sap)
Even amidst the coolness of our 7 and 10-year old kids and their project to paint a world free of Multiple Sclerosis, I sometimes get caught up in the day-to-day.. stuff - scraping paint off the walls, website maintenance, supply purchases, scraping paint off the dog, etc. While updating www.marbles4ms.org this morning, I came across a blog entry from Connor’s principal concerning a meeting between the two last winter.
I read it again while answering e-mails, ordering some packing boxes online, eating breakfast and doing laundry. And then I paused at the wonder of what I was reading. Connor’s principal is a terrific lady and skilled writer, but that’s not what struck me. It struck me that a human was made to feel that wonderful as to need to write about it. And that made my kids feel wonderful. Then many people felt wonderful when they read it. What an easy way to feel great - it’s like free detox. Heaven knows I want to feel that way, but whether it’s the daily drudgery of life, or shocking MS pain I’m feeling these days, wonder often eludes me.
I bet everyone has an arsenal with which to kick drudgery or hardship square in the bottom - memories or photographs or family or old letters or a dog who needs only a tennis ball thrown for him to feel wonderful. When I think about it, I realize that my arsenal overfloweth. I just need to keep it closer to the surface so it’s there when I need it. And the check is so easy. If I’m not smiling, I need it.
Below is the wonder for which I paused today. If you may be wonder - deficient, take one more minute to read it and then another 1.5 seconds to smile. (but don’t call me in the morning..)
Have a wonderful day :)