Friday February 1, 2013
Doesn't that sound lovely -- happiness doubled by wonder?
Just imagine that. You're happy, and then wonder swoops in and just doubles your happiness.
Give me wonder any day. Wonder is simplicity, beauty in the small things. It's the thrill on a child's face when a butterfly lights close enough to observe. It's the smile that spreads across your face after a snowflake melts on your tongue. Yes, give me wonder any day.
More about that with my quote for today. I'm linking up with Susanne from Living to Tell the Story as we share the week's blessings in Friday's Fave Five.
My favorites for this week:
1. Books in the mail. I do love Amazon...maybe a little too much. It's just ever so easy!
2. Fun friends. This was Winter Court week at school, and every day was a different dress up day. (Movie Day, Decade Day, etc.) It's been fun to see my teacher friends in costume, and they are the best lunch bunch ever!
3. Celebrating my husband. His birthday was this week and even though he didn't really want to celebrate it, it's fun to see cards and packages arrive in the mail for him. He chose to go out for his birthday dinner, which was nice, and I'll be making his favorite angel food cake and strawberries this weekend. He's the best. I'm so thankful for him!
4. A month of letters. Yes, I'm participating in A Month of Letters, which celebrates the value of a handwritten letter. The challenge is to write and mail a handwritten letter daily for a month. (In February, that's 23 days because there are four Sundays and one U.S. holiday.) You can read more about A Month of Letters here. And thanks, Jeanie of Healthy Spirituality, for writing about this!
5. And now, back to wonder. This quote:
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." (G.K. Chesterton)
A friend was going through a pretty difficult time this week, and she called for advice. "I'll tell you what works for me," I said. "Just give thanks for everything. Things related to this, and things not related to this. The song on the radio. A smile and wave from a neighbor. The warmth of your favorite sweater."
It sounds simplistic, but to me, thanks are a big thing. Thanking God for the smallest of blessings says, "It all came from You -- the big and the small." It puts Him in charge, not me. And somehow it's easier to hand over my problems to One who I realize has blessed me over and over.
Here's hoping you find the wonder to see blessings all around this week.