AstonishingToday’s Word: ‘astonishment’ … as in those moments when you’re full of it; full of astonishment, that is.

Annie Dillard once wrote about being filled with astonishment and our responsibility to that. Here’s what she wrote:

“Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”

I find astonishing things around me all of the time; it’s just the way I’m wired. It could be because I’m a 7 on the Enneagram. It could be because Positivity, Ideation and Adaptability are three of my top five (Clifton/Gallup) strengths. It could be because I’m naturally curious and believe it’s always better to ask questions than make statements. It could be that my parents taught me to see the world through all kinds of lenses.

How about you? What are you astonished by today?

Here’s my partial list: Suddenly there’s chalk art on our driveway, Nancy Lee and I had dinner with Sarah and Travis and our three granddaughters last night, I’ve been at Prince of Peace for nearly 24 years and still -to -this -day I can’t call it work, Nancy Lee and I are still dating, I was able to help someone out of a crisis this afternoon, I heard a robin this morning, I received a note of encouragement yesterday about all of this from a dear friend from long ago, I was just asked (in the middle of writing this!) to officiate a wedding of some sweet young friends, I’m headed to a local caffeine palace just because.

I’m astonished. See, it doesn’t take too much effort to celebrate a little astonishment!


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