” Always be on the Lookout for the Presence of Wonder.”

Dear Reader:

Did you know that wonder is the most human of all emotions? Wonder has inspired our greatest achievements in science, art, and religion. It is considered the most important aspect of human nature-being linked with curiosity … it is the drive behind intellectual exploration.

( Simply put -the next time you feel like screaming and pulling your hair out – if your toddler or little grandchild asks for the umpteenth time … ” But Why ???” … try counting neurons exploding in their beautiful little heads. )

The emotion ” wonder” appears when something you see or hear is so unique… your memory bank can’t pull up any prior learned image to match it. Sometimes ” wonder” is found in an extraordinary fact… like… If all the neurons in our brain were arranged in a single line… the line would stretch 700 miles – from London to Berlin.

Awe is an intense form of wonder and both words appear together most often when humans are subject to a vastness that overwhelms their knowledge of reality. Case- in-point: Star Gazing At The Universe.

Overwhelmed by the vastness of space and time

There is no more beautiful moment than a child’s face filled with wonder…

Jake is our outdoors boy and nothing makes him happier than fishing in the pond near his house and finding turtles/baby turtles! His face brims with excitement and wonder.

Tuesday night I was watching PBS and Kiera Knightly’s documentary into her family’s life during WWII came on- My Grandparents’ War. At the very end… she read a poem written during the horrors of war and concentration camps a relative endured… and suddenly she was overwhelmed by the homespun words. The Beauty and Wonder of it all in the simple expression of the appreciation of life. Wonder.

There was never a day, so misty and gray, that the blue was not somewhere above it.

There is never a mountain top so bleak, that some little flower does not love it.

There was never a night, so dreary and dark, that the stars were not somewhere shining…

There is never a cloud so heavy and black that it has not a silver lining …

So until tomorrow…

Kaitlyn’s beautiful flowerbed

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to ” Always be on the Lookout for the Presence of Wonder.”

  1. Ron and Lynn Gamache says:

    Lovely! Thoughtful. Meaningful devotional today as we consider curiosity and wonder too. Could this be why we so often use the phrase: “I wonder why” the sky is blue; or there are shooting stars; or what makes me sneeze; or there is a lovely scent from flowers battered by the breeze? We could go on and on and let us never lose that childhood sense of awe and wonder as we gaze at the world all around us.


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