A friend posted on her Facebook page this morning that she "is wondering."
I thought this was marvelous.
Wondering, as I commented back to her, is quite underrated and underappreciated these days. But when you think about it, what a perfect activity to participate in. At the same time, it is childlike and sage-like. The act of wondering causes us to pause and think, what if? as well as it's counter, what if not? Hamlet wondered if it were better to be or not to be? Perhaps his wondering didn't produce the best results for him, but the act of wondering gave the character one of the most memorable soliloqies written by one of our most revered writers of all time. Something worth pondering.
Wondering provides us a chance to look at our lives and think about the course we're on. Are we heading in the direction we want to go in? Is it time to pull into a rest area and take wondering to the next level to figure things out? Are we on the path to reach our goals and dreams? Do our goals and dreams make sense to us anymore, or did we somewhere along the way stop wondering and start only doing what we think we should be doing?
On summer days, before the craziness of fall and the holidays begins, it's a great time to wonder. While the economy is still in an uproar and headlines are sensational and there seems no sense in the world as we know it, the time might be right to look inside our own lives and wonder. Pull away from the stuff out there and think only about ourselves and our families and wonder what we'd like to be doing five years from now. The world is in quite a transformational state right now and, frankly, the only thing we have in our control is a sense of wonder that can lead to a destiny we choose. Better than waiting for a seemingly wonderless world to figure it out for us.