Wonder and Awe

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Wonder, as a noun, causes appreciation, excitement, and sometimes absolute amazement. As a verb, wonder makes us want to know something more and to be creative.  Consider the multitude of inventions that all started with the question, “I wonder what would happen if I …”. Great thinkers consider what might be possible with the improbable. Planes would never have flown, music would never have been sung, and bridges never built had somebody not wondered. Allowing and encouraging wonder let’s our children realize that a box only stores what already exists; thinking outside of the box let’s our imagination redesign the shape and size of our boxes.

  • Heart – Share something wonderful and awesome about your family.
  • Mind – Research an inventor and examine how they came up with an invention.
  • Body – Sign up for a race.
  • Soul – Provide quiet time for wondering. Turn off the electronic noise and wonder.

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing… Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something… The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Wonders never cease, as long as we never cease to wonder.” – Ziggy (cartoon)

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