“…We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time…
…Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning;
…At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall…
…And the children in the apple-tree…
…Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea…” ― from “Little Gidding” by T.S. Eliot
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl
“…Just think—no one has ever seen inside this peanut before!
It is hard being a person.
I do and don’t love you—isn’t that happiness?” ― from “One Boy Told Me” by Naomi Shihab Nye
New experiences occur with every breath, every heartbeat. Each present moment is new and not repeatable. The gift of being alive can be wrapped up in so many different ways. I love the idea of “Beginner’s Mind” – it makes a new experience of everything, allowing a fresh perspective. It is a worthy challenge to cultivate this break with habit and sameness and taking-for-granted. I really enjoy hanging out with young people and watching them discover and exclaim over so many things that I have been seeing with dull eyes. I look forward to volunteering as a Teaching Naturalist for some school field trips coming up this Spring.
Anne’s challenge this week has inspired a lot of exciting posts about travel and adventure, but it has inspired me to look at the exhilarating experience of finding joy in my local environs. With warming temperatures and emerging life, it’s a whole new world out there!