The world is only as wondrous as I am open to see the wonder of it

Yesterday, as a family, we went to visit Greys Court for the afternoon.  In total there were five of us and I am confident that each of us experienced the ‘place’ according to ourselves.  Put differently, each of us experienced ourselves.    This became obvious to me as soon as I gave Clea (who is ten years old) a camera and she dived into the world around her. Here are some examples:

a. Where I saw a weed Clea saw a beautiful flower:

b.  Where I saw tiny dying (insignificant) Bluebells Clea marvelled at the wonder of these Bluebells

c.  Where I saw nothing Clea saw beauty everywhere – in a T-shirt, in a set of buttons on her mothers top, in the grass:

Lessons Learnt

My already existing, always, way of being is not open to wonder.  It simply is not.  And so I miss the beauty, the wonder, of what is present around me in the simplest things.  If I approached the world, from the context, that my daughter approaches it then I would experience the beauty of the world that she experiences.  I am totally up for that.

I need to start somewhere so I will become an ‘Apprentice in Wonder’ to my Clea by looking at the world through her eyes.  That means giving her a camera so that she can capture what she sees and share that with me.  It also means being open to the new.

I have started a (daily) gratitude journal to enable me to capture one aspect of the wonder/beauty of this world that I simply miss because I do not look for it / am not present to it as I take it for granted.  You can find it here:   http://icanbegratefulfor.wordpress.com/

Author: Maz Iqbal

Management consultant. Working at the intersection of the Customer, the Enterprise, and Technology. Deep interest in human existence. Disposed favourably to the Existentialist stand. Penchant for originals and original thinking, as well as stimulating thinking and rocking the boat. Otherwise, thoroughly ordinary.

4 thoughts on “The world is only as wondrous as I am open to see the wonder of it”

  1. Maz,
    Greetings on Blog#3 :) You might end up writing a new version of 1000Awesome things…

    I do not remember the details, but there is a story about a CEO of a store chain who forced his stuff to walk on their knees, to view the shop from the eyes of a child. The camera concept is brilliant, as it gives you a look into Clea’s world – both external (what she sees) and inside (what she cares about).

    Arie

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  2. Hello Arie
    I thank you for your good wishes and apologise for my later reply. I also thank you for pointing me towards the 1000 Awesome things – I had not come across it before.

    The camera thing is really working out well. Clea sees beauty in the most amazing things. Stuff that I simply take for granted like seashells. And it is amazing how they look when photographed up close!

    All the best my friend
    Maz

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