Stop and smell the flowers, Part 2.
I went to the post office this morning, to renew my passport, right after I finished renewing my driver’s license at the MVA. It’s 10am and it seems like I’m due a medal, or a nap.
There is the sweetest little post office down the hill from my house, with the friendliest people and the shortest wait times – it’s straight out of another era. I had a package to mail, and my passport to renew, and as I stood at the counter chatting with Larke, I was aware of the loveliest scent floating about. Aware, and yet not aware at all, until I had been standing there for what must have been fifteen minutes and I finally noticed the jar of daffodils at the far end of the counter! Of course I stopped to smell them! I stuffed my face right into the blossoms and took a deep inhale (or three), and suggested that everyone else in the post office do the same. And as I made my way back to my car – Package mailed! Passport sent off for renewal! – I thought about how we are, so many of us, sleepwalking through this life.
Here I am, two weeks into 100 days of inviting wonder, and extolling the virtues of stopping to smell the flowers, and it took me a full fifteen minutes of standing at the post office counter next to a jar of daffodils before I noticed them! Imagine how many people will walk in and out of that post office today and not notice the flowers at all!?
If I have learned anything about wonder in these first two weeks, it is that wonder is elusive – and it’s not. The truth is that wonder seems elusive because it’s intangible, but wonder is all around us all the time – even at the post office. It is our job, if we care about finding it, about experiencing it, to create the circumstances that allow ourselves to perceive wonder – and that, it turns out, is what I’m doing here, these 100 days. Creating an opening; cultivating a mindset; developing a way of being in the world that enables me to experience wonder when it presents itself. Which it does, all of the time, whether or not I am awake to see it. I’m waking to wonder, not inviting it – wonder is already right here.