People go forth to wonder at the height
of mountains, the huge waves
of the sea, the broad flow of
the rivers, the extent of the ocean,
the course of the stars
-- and forget to wonder at themselves.
are so many incredible things in the world that deserve our
wonder and amazement that we could travel our entire lives
and still never see all there is to see. But seeing
may be part of the problem. Our eyes are positioned in
such a way that they naturally look outward rather than
inward, which gives us a tendency to see much more of what's
around us. Yes, we can look at our own bodies, but
don't we do so more as an observer rather than as the person
who's living in that body?
are spectacular creatures. We have amazing bodies,
amazing minds, and amazing spirits, yet we tend not to treat
ourselves that way. The amazing things are outside of
ourselves, we think, and we don't give ourselves the credit
we deserve for our own wonderful nature. In doing so,
we sell ourselves short and learn to think of ourselves as
truly less than we are.
the science of our bodies and brains weren't enough to
marvel at, how about the intricate ways that our spirit
interacts with this body? How about the ways that we
can feel love and compassion, and the great effects that we
can have on the lives of other human beings? The ways
we taste, feel, dream, sing, cry, share, create, learn and
grow all are marvelous parts of who we are--parts that we
don't value nearly enough.
we should wonder at the heights of the mountains. But
we also should wonder at the height and breadth of our
spirits, our selves. We are wonderful creatures, and
we deserve to be recognized as such and treated as such.