Monday, September 12, 2016

Here's to wonder and awe

Awe. Mystery. Wonder. These are words and experiences that don't often seem to come up in daily conversation. And yet, they have the ability to lift us out of mundane lives and into something extraordinary.

Here's what Albert Einstein said: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead—his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness."

Interesting, no? In an age when we're so caught up in just plodding along, one small step at a time, perhaps caught up in our devices and technology—and in an age where arguments continually arise over who's doing religion correctly—Einstein's words take us in a different direction. They really need no further explanation, so I shall give none. But I think they bear repeating. So I plan to read and reread them and then reflect on what that means in my life. I invite you to do the same. And then notice what's around you that wraps you in awe and wonder.

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