Wonder-ful, for me, boils down to two things: paying attention, and gratitude.
It’s easy to become despondent and disgusted when one pays attention. Obviously, there’s a lot of shit going down in the world. I don’t need to point out the ways in which humans hurt each other and the creatures sharing this planet with us. We all know there’s plenty of bad out there, and it’s important to pay attention to that crap, and speak up, and be the change you want to see in the world.
For me, a huge part of being that change is noticing and celebrating and being thankful for the things that make me smile, that give me hope, that create connections, that make space for silent wonder. That’s why my one little word this year is wonderful.
Not to be all ‘la-la-la I can’t hear you’ about the bad shit. But simply to give myself respite, and strength, and a reason to do my part to make this world better.
Because it truly is a wonderful world we live in, and those other humans we rub against, they’re people like me. We’re (mostly) all trying to do our best with what we’ve got. If we all approached each day with gratitude, there might be more smiles all around.
It’s also important, I think, to create environments in which people can share, enjoy, relax, relish, have fun. If we are always wound up and unhappy about how messed up things are, how do we make space for things to be different?
While I totally respect those activists who pit themselves against oppression, right now my path seems more about an open table, good food, gardens, music, and kindness.
Yeah, so far my year’s pretty wonderful. How’s yours?