I love to write. I always have. I vividly recall sitting at my grandparent’s dining room table after a Christmas meal when I couldn’t have been more than eight or nine. I had asked for a typewriter for Christmas, and there it was! I was dizzy with glee as I pounded out a poem and then summoned everyone to the living room for an impromptu poetry reading.
My fondness for performance has long since vanished, and my relationship with writing has taken different forms at various points in my personal and professional life, but I have always found it thrilling to reach into the vortex of thoughts swirling around in my head, capture something onto paper, and see it through to completion. When I stumbled upon this quote, I immediately placed it in the context of writing, but it applies so much more broadly.
Whatever our vocation or calling, we all share this one astonishing life, but we see it through our own unique prism. If we are willing to pay attention and communicate what we witness, we can provide a more full experience for others, and ourselves.
Can you allow yourself to be astonished by life? Can you share what you see?