Notes From The Awareness: 292

Wonderment is a virtue to be cultivated.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. It’s easy to feel jaded and pessimistic recently. COVID-19 is spreading ever more rapidly and mutating, evading our efforts so far to get it under control. Friends and loved ones are ill or have passed. Politics are ugly and divisive, creating a societal rift that can seem almost impossible to heal. Finances are strained for some of us, with no immediate relief in sight. We’re sorely missing in-person contact. There are plenty of reasons for us to feel lackluster and dispirited.

When large things seem to have gone awry, we can look to the small things to nourish our spirits. A brilliant winter sunset, a pet nuzzling us, listening to a favorite song, a star-bedecked night sky, the call of a bird, snow falling softly, a really good cup of coffee—we all have minor miracles that speak to us personally. They are easy to overlook in our daily routine. Yet when we make the conscious effort to be aware of and seek out these experiences, our joy in life is rekindled.

Today’s message reminds me that my life is a collection of moments. When I choose to curate what I notice and allow to fill my awareness, I control the quality of my existence. Strengthening my sense of wonder at small things enriches me.

How about you? What are some of your favorite small miracles?