“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….
get up in the morning
and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted.
Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible;
never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
by Abraham Joshua Heschel
A selection of recent moments of amazement.
This morning low on the city horozon
I watched the sun twinkle through the trees
their tracery – bare limbs of deciduous and evergreens
highlighting its early journey into a new day.
It is a holiday here for the Queen’s birthday
and on the sharp edge of winter it is hard to leave my bed
as one would normally do to rise with the light
I linger “under the doona” as we call it these day
and ponder Heschel’s words .
How easy it is to take another day for granted
to look casually at the wonder of the light
outside my window
at camellias blooming gloriously in red and pink and white
some with soft salmon frilled to the edge.
How easy to treat the bird song in the high trees
casually rather than hear it as music for my soul
and to forget everything around us
be it common, familiar, ordinary
is phenomenal, incredible and extraordinary.
not waiting for it to be gone or to change to realise this
When the word radical means deep, absolute total
there is no room for measure
when amazement calls for surprise, atonishment even shock
we have our call to live with radical amazement
Our spitiuality.No need for church
it is here right now