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The highest goal that [wo]man can achieve is amazement ~ Goethe

I’ve been thinking about this lately. Less about the definition of amazing, and more about what it takes to be amazed. What is required?

I think it has something to do with being available.

Try swapping out the word vulnerability for availability. To me, this is the difference between having no choice and having many choices. I don’t know anyone who wishes to be vulnerable. Whereas, every person I know wishes to be available - to be moved, to experience something in a way that has significance.

I wonder if the ability to be amazed is in direct relation to the degree to which you are available in a whole-self way. (By this I mean the degree to which you are present versus distracted, if you notice intricate details through all of your senses, if you are tightening in your mind or your body.)

Amazement implies a curiosity. willingness. humility. inquiry. 

There is a lot we take for granted, every day. If we took just a moment to consider each object as we handled it, how a sidewalk or road we’re using came to be, the length of time it’s taken for a particular tree to grow, how complex another’s life must be… I wonder what could happen. I wonder what might change if we spent more time being amazed rather than being disappointed and afraid.

As Brian and I were out for a walk in our neighborhood this evening, we saw this etched into the cement 

the future depends on what we do in the present ~ Ghandi

Amazement is not passive. It has the power to propel us to take action. To get in motion. It’s a way towards more kindness, inclusivity and equality.

What if we all allowed time in every day to be amazed… it can't be an idea. It has to be a practice. 

always in motion,


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  • As a lover of WORDS, I look forward to see how you will capture their beauty and their power to affect listening minds in your reflective posts. Today’s post obviously pivots on the power and practice of “amazement”. All persons who have walked through a constructed maze know that noticing details and being aware of your surrounding spaces are the guidelines needed for finishing a maze without needing assistance from others. I consider each day of our lives as a maze requiring choices and decisions. The hours are a gift that requires our presence in each moment so that we can fully experience the amazing present of being alive!

    Joanne F. Barrere on
  • You both make my words come alive and in such a simple way say so much..thank you for being!

    Mary McGovern on
  • I love this, made me think of the first time I came through the tunnel and saw Yosemite valley…truly an amazing experience that still in the remembering delights me some 24 years later. I work on actively being grateful every day and I think that mindset also leads to being amazed at how much beauty there is in life if we open our eyes and ears and mind. Thanks for being an inspiration

    Sandra Weston on
  • I sooo look forward to these messages from both of you every morning! Thank you for what you do…..❤️

    Ida Jo Mahaney on
  • Here I am…amazed, joyful, and grateful! I received your fabulous 2020 calendar creation a few days ago, right after harvesting my first handfuls of green beans and grape tomatoes. A red letter day! While enjoying a supremely fresh salad with magnificent Oregon olive oil, I checked out the calendar. Who knew there could be so many special reasons to celebrate! Amazing! Thank you for contributing to my daily joyful moments!

    Carlie Stillman on

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