On (Not) Cultivating Wonder (#reverb10)

With today’s Reverb10 prompt, we are fully into the touchy-feely hippie territory I had feared going into this project. While I am pretty sure that I do not cultivate a sense of wonder and I’m equally sure I don’t particularly want to, there are certain things that make me stop for a minute and realize that living in Kansas City makes me pretty darn happy. In no particular order, here are a few:

Coming around the corner of Southwest Trafficway near Penn Valley Park and seeing the city skyline

The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum at night:

Sunsets over my neighborhood:

That I can get Meinl coffee in the middle of the USA:

Note: This is my fourth post for #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is: “Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?”

[Creative Commons licensed photos by Flickr users calebdzahnd, the blog Daily Dose, and the author.]

2 thoughts on “On (Not) Cultivating Wonder (#reverb10)

  1. I am sitting in my easy chair this morning, huge cup of coffee, blindly clicking links to blogs owned and operated by strangers because after reading today’s prompt, I too was unsure about cultivating a sense of wonder. And after scrolling through a half a dozen posts of people who wrote about some life changing adventure (that I assume cost them the thousands of dollars I don’t have) or the milestones I haven’t experienced yet (marriage, the birth of a child, etc) I thought all hope was lost and perhaps I had led a wonderless year.

    But your post was exactly what I needed to forge ahead on today’s prompt and figure out something to write. It reminded me that sometimes not everything is awe inspiring and amazing. But it’s still pretty darn good. And that’s enough.

    Thank you!

  2. Glad you found it helpful! “Wonder” is one of those things that I just don’t do (much too new age-y for me. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not my thing). What writing this post made me realize, though, is that I’ve gotten better at taking the time to appreciate the little things that make me happy. Is that “wonder”? I don’t think so, but as you say, it’s enough.

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