Bring on the Wonder

    a.302w bring on the wonderHeard Susan Enan’s song Bring on the Wonder today. Was moved enough to track down its lyrics.

    I can’t see the stars anymore living here
    Let’s go to the hills where the outlines are clear

    Bring on the wonder
    Bring on the song
    I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

    I fell through the cracks at the end of our street
    Let’s go to the beach, get the sand through our feet

    Bring on the wonder
    Bring on the song
    I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

    Bring on the wonder
    We got it all wrong
    We pushed you down deep in our souls for too long

    I don’t have the time for a drink from the cup
    Let’s rest for a while ’til our souls catch us up

    Bring on the wonder
    Bring on the song
    I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

    Bring on the wonder
    We got it all wrong
    We pushed you down deep in our souls, so hang on

    Bring on the wonder
    Bring on the song
    I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long.

    ~posted on Sweet Lyrics with thanks to Michael.

    I was reminded — AGAIN (seems I need a lot of reminders) — how easy it is to:

    *lose sight of the wonder that is all around
    *get caught up in the day-to-dayness of life
    *keep putting off for tomorrow the joy of:

    ~the moment,
    ~the song,
    ~the wonder and delight of the simple.

    n.13w kath unsworthKath Unsworth’s blog Minuscule Moments of Inspiration understands. Kath believes “You are never too old to start your dreams.” Her photos (which are far too few … hint, hint Kath) focus on the simple, the delightful, the minuscule. My take-away from her is if you allow yourself to be open, you can find beauty, joy, and delight in the simple, the small, the tiny.

    Even believing Less is More, it’s so hard keeping the stuff down to a dull roar and not buying into the More is Better philosophy. It’s hard remembering to stop to smell the roses (particularly when you don’t see the roses in the first place). It’s hard noticing the small, the simple, the minuscule.

    It seems so much easier, replaying — over and over again in your mind — the HUGE that happened. Agreed, HUGE gets noticed. Whether you were in a natural disaster, survived a cantankerous breakup, overcame a serious medical illness, managed to avoid getting killed by a drunk in a rage. But here’s the thing, while HUGE gets a lot of play in your mind … (Okay, I won’t accuse you of that. I’ll fess up to the fact that HUGE gets a lot of repeat play in my mind), in actuality HUGE covers only a small moment in time. An extremely minuscle part of life. Which means, conversely, life is filled with small moments. What I like to call Good Things and Little Happies and/or Magic Moments.

    ^A flower growing out of a storm drain.
    ^A trio of winter squash growing out of a small break in the asphalt.
    ^A full moon on a clear night.
    ^A song that resonates.
    ^A shower that’s just the right temperature.
    ^A meal that “hits the spot.”
    ^The warm fuzzies you get when you’re surrounded by those who love you and whom you love.

    Those small things, the apparent inconsequentials that make up the majority of our lives are so easy to ignore. To assume they’re too small to be of any value.

    As for size, well have you ever had an ingrown toenail? If you have, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had one, you don’t want. That sucker may be a teeny, tiny thing, but let me tell you, you wouldn’t believe how something so small can hurt so much. And, because it hurts you alter your walk. Because you alter your gait, you throw other parts of your body out of alignment. You get the picture.

    My take away for today, one week into the new year, is since there are going to be a lot more of the small, tiny, and simple in my life, rather than ignore them, I’m going to embrace them. Revel in them. Cherish them. I say bring on the wonder. Bring on the song.
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    Tammy - January 7, 2015 - 11:21 am

    I can thank my dog for keeping me in touch with small wonders on a daily basis. She is my “down” time. My alone quite time. We walk together, no phone, computer, conversation. Just quiet. The two of us. That’s when I notice the birds, the wind, the trees and the beauty … everywhere. That’s when I think about all the little things, the endless tender mercies. Sometimes I’m so busy being grateful for them, that I forget the big accomplishments and gifts that come my way. Life is a balance. I’m forever on the high wire.

    Tana Bevan - January 7, 2015 - 2:50 pm

    Tammy~Always a delight to hear from you. So glad you have your dog to keep you grounded with time away from the high wire. The balancing act is always an interesting one, regardless of age. Still, even though you’ve billed yourself as “slightly used and damaged,” from my PoV, you’re doing pretty darn good. Clapping and Cheering for you as 2015 starts gaining traction.

    Star - January 7, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    Hurrah for living in a place where the full moon casts forest shadows and the moonless sky glows with the Milky Way.
    Where the empty land far exceeds the “civilized” spaces.
    Where winter is a fallow time, spring brings fresh green, summer warms body and spirit, and fall brings crisp mornings and golden days.

    Thank you, Tana, for encouraging us all to reflect on the small blessings we have around us.

    Tana Bevan - January 7, 2015 - 3:53 pm

    Star~*sniffle* *sniffle* Your beautiful and eloquent “poem” brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Sheila Bergquist - January 8, 2015 - 1:10 am

    Yes, we must appreciate the small things. They are really sometimes more important than the big things. I so admire your attitude…always upbeat and looking for the good in things. You inspire me to do the same!

    Tana Bevan - January 8, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    Looking for the good in things definitely does not come naturally to me Sheila. That’s part of the reason for the blog and doodles. Helps keep the mind away from the stinkin’ thinkin’. I’ve always admired those who are upbeat and positive, they seem to exude a kind of energy which is wonderful to be around. :-)

    Sheila Bergquist - January 8, 2015 - 11:57 pm

    Hahaha…”stinkin’ thinkin'”…I love that!

    Tana Bevan - January 9, 2015 - 10:21 am

    Trying to remember where I first heard the expression “stinkin’ thinkin’.” I don’t recall. I agree with you Sheila that it’s a good one.

    kath unsworth - January 9, 2015 - 11:06 am

    Tana I feel very honoured that you would mention my world on your unique blog. Thank you and keep posting the good positive stuff. Funny my next post was going to be called My Simple Life or something to that effect. Happy New Year to you.

    Tana Bevan - January 10, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Kath~It is I who thank you. For me one of the kickiest things about this whole internet thing is the ability to communicate with and even befriend others from around the world. I appreciate your gentle reminders of what is truly important. Looking forward to your upcoming post.