“….the most precious thing in life is wonder.”

In a 1928 essay titled “Hymns in a Man’s Life” (“D. H. Lawrence: Late Essays and Articles, Volume 2”), the writer D H Lawrence observes that “the most precious thing in life is wonder.”

In “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks”, the conservationist Terry Tempest Williams’ words about national parks in the USA are equally true about all of Nature: “They are more than scenery. They are portals and thresholds of wonder.”

Terry writes that such places are places of “pilgrimage”, places where, if we open ourselves, we “come to recognize ourselves in each tree, each plant, each bird” and connect “with a larger world beyond ourselves.” When this happens, Terry writes we feel “Awe….the moment when ego surrenders to wonder.”

In the incredible 1856 poem spread across nine books, “Aurora Leigh”, we read Elizabeth Browning sing:

“….Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes….”

Peace 😊

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