Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; to be spiritual is to be constantly amazed. – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Completely inspired by this quote today. This is the way my three-year-old looks at life. Constantly amazed by every little thing, from looking for birds at the park, to watching semi-trucks zoom past on the highway. In our best moments, both of us are proud and amazed at his little sister: when she crawls on her hands and knees, or claps her hands, or does “the spoon trick.”
“Look at you, little girl!” we both proclaim (this is particularly cute coming from the mouth of a 3-year-old).
My daughter will be one next week. And I have made the huge decision to stay home with my kids, at least for now. In part, because I don’t want to take anything for granted. Every moment is precious. And, I want to share those precious moments with them. Now. Because (ain’t it true), they grow up so fast.
Life is fleeting. We only get one. So, as I continue to try and make the most of this one, I am going to remember to be constantly amazed. Anything less is not doing justice to the incredible gift of life we have been given.
Where do you find constant amazement? In your family? In the woods? In your relationships?
(For another reflection on this quote, check out this post at Rebecca in the Woods)