Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Wondrous


/ˈwəndrəs/
Adjective
Inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvelous.
Adverb
Marvelously; wonderfully.
Synonyms
wonderful - marvelous - marvellous - miraculous

I love the word wondrous. I associate it with the most marvelous experiences of my life, as well as a lot of things that might be considered to be fairly mundane. And it's one thing I really like about myself, the fact that I often have experiences where I am filled with wonder. 

For me, even though life has definitely had its exhausting moments and seasons, life is simply a wondrous experience.

Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson associates it with wisdom, another great W word. 

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
And Ms. Alice Walker demonstrates her wisdom about wonder in this beautiful quote:

“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.” ― Alice WalkerThe Color Purple
How's your wonder quotient these days?

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6 comments:

MadelineAnn said...

Just dropped by to say hi on your blog, and love wonder/wondrous. There is so much that we could see this way, if we only looked!

Rob-bear said...

Such delightful post, Souxsie. The ability to wonder about our world, and even ourselves and our possibilities. It is awesome! So keep being wondrous!

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting

Susan Taylor said...

Thanks for your visit, madelineAnn. I saw many wondrous things on my Internet travels today. I hope you did as well.

Rob-bear, thank you! Bring those lovely Bear hugs and blessings over here anytime. And same to you!

Jocelyn Rish said...

What a lovely quote from TCP. I read it a long time ago, but I don't remember very much of it. I don't think I let myself be filled with wonder as often as I should, but looking up at the stars at night is a sure fire way to do it for me.

sherilee said...

Wonder quotient is a great way to put it... I think I need to up mine!

Susan Taylor said...

Jocelyn, I so agree about the night sky. One of my fondest memories is lying on a blanket with my cousins watching a meteor shower in the vast Oklahoma sky.

Sherilee -- I bet most of us do!