Sometimes, when reading other people’s blogs, we find just what is needed to make us re-think and remind ourselves what matters.
Yesterday, after visiting someone in hospital – one of too many friends and acquaintances who are suffering one way or another, I wasn’t feeling very positive.
Today, I had a very timely reminder when reading Jan Fortune’s blog. She was quoting GK Chesterton –
In his autobiography G K Chesterton wrestled with the issue of how we retain a sense of wonder and concluded:
At the back of our brains… there is a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life is to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder; so that a man sitting in a chair might suddenly understand that he is actually alive, and be happy.
Sometimes we have to dig deep to find a submerged sunrise of wonder. we need reminding to look outside of ourselves, to forget back pain , forget the troubles of those around us and just appreciate the wonder of the natural world. That world can help to keep us sane when the world of politics, war, poverty, climate change and so on and so on can leave us totally depressed.
WH Davies wrote
|What is this life if, full of care,|
We have no time to stand and stare.