living in awe

Watching my children observe the animals at the zoo, awestruck by a slithering snake and wrestling bears and an orangutang playing peekaboo, I begin to ponder the miracle of life. A kangaroo hops across the grass and an elephant swings his trunk and the humans wander aimlessly around the zoo, pointing and talking and taking pictures. Every living being is utterly unique. We are incomparable, yet we’re all powered by the same force, we’ve all got the same spark of life beating our hearts.

After a few decades on this planet, many of us stop seeing the miracles, we no longer bask in awe when we feed an animal or hold a newborn baby. It’s not our fault, we’re just busy and preoccupied. We’ve been there and done that.

But if we can preserve the awe and notice the miracles, I believe we can find deeper satisfaction in every day. Apathy really has no place in the human condition.


  1. So true!! I love watching the babes see things for the very first time…it’s truly amazing…can’t wait for SNOW this winter and get a look at his face when he sees all the snowflakes!


  2. We experienced this yesterday! We went to the local Science Center with our 5 year old daughter. It was her first time here, and she ran from exhibit to exhibit completely full of excitement. I felt such joy watching her explore and play.


  3. How very true! I have often watched my daughter admire all the little things and it reminds me to slow down and relax. She is amazed at every single thing she sees and all that she experiences. I have many days where I’m just going, going, going and I have to take a deep breath and think about all the wonderful things I have in my life and the beauty around me.


    1. Exactly. Sometimes, on routes I drive every day, I like to pretend I’m seeing each house, each tree for the first time. I pretend I’m a tourist, and the whole ride goes by a lot faster. There’s so much we miss when we’re not living in the moment!


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