Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Single Photograph

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years…the alienation from the sources of our strength.” - Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder  -

We can learn so much from children with their boundless curiosity and sense of wonder.

31 comments:

  1. This is glorious, photos and words, so true, so very true, lovely Martha

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  2. YES. I believe that one of the keys to life is to live with a childlike sense of wonder and curiosity.

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    1. If we completely outgrow that, life is not as joyful...in my opinion!

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  3. I wanted to save that sense of wonder and joy in my sons. We were so sad as they went through school and we watched it fading away. Now they do seem to be good at finding and recognizing joy. Thankfully they pursue it. They will climb a tower to watch the sun rise or run through the trees to have a clear view of it setting. Maybe if we can hang on to a sense of wonder as adults, it's a bit different than the innocent version we had as children but it is still beautiful. It adds so much to our lives. This is a beautiful post and you have got me thinking! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. You are absolutely right! It may be an adult version, but a sense of wonder is something we all need to hold onto to. It makes life so much more beautiful.

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  4. The perfect quotation to go with that photo!

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  5. As I watch my son from afar at university and my daughter growing into a beautiful young woman, your post today really hit a chord within me. Thanks, Martha, for helping us all to appreciate the beautiful gift that is known as our world.

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    1. It really is a beautiful gift, isn't it? Something we should never take for granted.

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  6. Martha, that is a magnificent quote and your photo is also magnificent!
    I'm soon heading to the park with my granddaughter and we shall partake in the joy of this gorgeous day.
    Her joy for life abounds and we are making magical moments together to last us a lifetime.

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    1. I bet spending time with that little girl is the best! I hope to have grandchildren one day. That would be a dream. And they'd probably be the most photographed children on the planet :)

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  7. He must be shouting, "I love you world!"

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  8. You bet we can learn from kids. They have much more than we give them credit for. I'm retired and I try to maintain a relationship with kids on my street.

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  9. meaningful quote and great photo to go with it!

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  10. I have used that very quote in papers for education. This book of Rachel Carson's is one of my all time favorites! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. I haven't read the book, but I'm going to look into it. It has me intrigued. I'll check my local library and see if they have it.

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  11. The excitement of youth is contagious! Love the quote by Rachel Carson.

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  12. That's a beautiful quote and very sweet photo.

    Be well, Martha.
    xoRobyn

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  13. It's so important at least to try to keep that childlike quality -- your image illustrates that perfectly Martha.

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    1. It's something that we should never lose entirely.

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  14. I love the little arms open. That's the way to live.

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