Wonder is my favorite emotion.
I’m not sure I realized that until just now.
Cultivating positive emotions is a pretty common concept in many spiritual and religious traditions. I think the one that a lot of people shoot for is gratitude.
Me, too. Really. One of my first online usernames is a form of the gaelic word for “grateful”. But what I realize as I soak in the word “wonder”, is that I believe wonder is the first step for me in getting to any positive feeling.
I tend to Wonder—and all these positive emotions flow forth.
Gratitude. Serenity. Confidence. Love. Joy. Curiosity. Hope.
I find I am easily awed and amazed and surprised by the world.
I don’t know whether my sense of wonder is more natural,
or a result of lots of practice.
I am not sure I did anything new.
I try to live in a special space, a mental space, a kind of “Wonder”-land all my own.
Before you think I sound especially touched,
I should say that when life gets too normal, too mundane or when I start living without really noticing;
I try to inject everything with a little magic.
Or I try to get a change of scenery.
I go on solitary journeys.
Experiencing things alone sometimes allows me to interact with the world without feeling the expectations of others and without any self-consciousness.
I see shows on Broadway, often multiple times. I crave live music events.
Live performance is a special kind of alchemy and I am guaranteed to feel wonder every time.