Monday, October 3, 2011

Wonder Woman


Words seem to be swirling 
through my mind lately like 
the leaves dancing to the ground 
around me. Last month those
words were
courage and clarity.

As we float like drifting leaves 
into October, this new word 
keeps bobbing and weaving 
it's way into my consciousness. 



I know it's a word usually 
reserved for Christmas, with it's 
sparkly lights, special songs
and the story of a miracle at 
the heart of it all.  

But every day in October, I  
wake to the marvel of nature, 
playing out before my eyes. The smell
of the autumn air, the dazzling colors,
geese forming V's and heading south,
crisp mornings and evenings, 
all evoke a sense of awe, though 
I've seen this show for over 
four decades. 



When we take our dog out at
night and hear the rustle of leaves
in the trees, I think back to my 
Halloween days as a child, when I 
believed strange and marvelous 
spirits were out and about on that 
special night. 



I have teens in the house, now,
but I remember when my son was
little and would start plotting
his Halloween costume in August. 
His birthday is the day before 
Halloween, so those were truly 
magical days for him. Last year, 
as a tall for his age 12 year-old, 
he was a bit shy about going trick 
or treating.  At the last minute a 
friend called and with minimal
convincing he was in the previous
year's costume and out the door. 



We all crave it, don't we?

I've known a few people 
who are jaded, cynical and
acerbic, who would scoff at
the notion of any wonder left
in the world. Life disappointed 
them somewhere along the way 
and they use their sarcastic
outlook as a shield. 


I've also known people who
were dealt a difficult hand in life, 
but seem to have even more 
wonder than the rest of us. 
These folks take nothing for 
granted; for them everything is 
full of wonder, from sunsets to 
flowers, from the aroma of
baking to the sight of a 
child sleeping.



When we choose to feel wonder, 

despite a bad day-- 
despite not feeling well-- 
despite hard things we 
might be grappling with, 

our perspective shifts 


When we choose to feel wonder

on a really good day-- 
when we feel great-- 
when everything seems   
to be going just right, 

then wonder takes flight 
and becomes 

But that's a word for another month. 


Right now, I'm going to go to the
mailbox with my dog. We are going 
to kick some leaves on the way.... 
and feel the autumn breeze....
and embrace the sheer wonder 

May you find many 
 wonder-full moments 
to celebrate this week!


All images 
culled from that wonder 
of wonders, Pinterest, 
as my computer 
and my camera currently
aren't on speaking terms.

But, it's all good.

Wonderful, really : )

Joining Sarah at
Modern Country Style
for the
Fall in Love with Fall
Link Party


Linda said...

I hope I never lose my feelings of wonder in the world...beautiful post, Suzanne...your writing stirs the spirit! See you SOON!

Stitchfork said...

It is all wonderful! And will be even better when your camera speaks to your computer again, hopefully soon! Have a wonderful week Suzanne!
xo Cathy


Beautiful, beautiful word.


A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, my....there truly IS wonder everywhere we turn, dear Suzanne...thank-you for feeling it as I do. Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year...I feel so alive with the crispness of the air, the chill in the morning...all so wonderful.

And the wonder of Pinterest...I fear I am absolutely under it's spell! I need to find you there...wishing you a lovely night, dear friend...


Jenny Schouten Short said...

You put the leaves in for me, I know. How wonder full is that? xo Jenny

Felicity said...

To be able to hold a sense of wonder through our entire lives is a true gift indeed.

To be wonderfilled is priceless.

To be wonderous shows readiness for growth.

To be wonderful and share it is joyous.

Thank you for sharing your joy with us Suzanne - you are a treasure.

I'm off to revel in the spring sunshine and look with wonder at the glorious blooms bursting around me.

Joanna said...

There is so much of wonder, isn't there? Suzanne, I love it when you stop the world, just for a moment, and take notice of the important things in life.

Lovely lovely pictures from Pinterest.


Marie said...

Autumn is my favourite season of the year. I love the colours, smells, textures, sounds . . . It's all very beautiful and very wonderful to me! xxoo

Susan T said...

Just what I needed this morning. Yesterday I had a lunch date with two friends who could do with a little more wonder in their lives, I left the lunch feeling oddly deflated, and with resolve in my heart to seek out those friends whose wonder and joy capacity is well honed.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love this post! And I'm walking to your mailbox right along with you. Crunching leaves in the fall is one of my favourite things that I'm really missing this year.

But I'm full of wonder that here we are in Dubai, across the world, amongst different cultures, worlds away from the familiar. A once in a lifetime opportunity. And I'm truly grateful.

have a wonderful week! xo

Amanda said...

Wow Suzanne, you have such a way with words. And you truly have me pausing to think and really take in everything that you are saying. And now, I'm going back to read this wonder-full post again. Thanks! xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning you WONDERful friend!

Something is definitely up with our computers, Blogger and even emails! And I have a NEW computer! Thank you for having the COURAGE and the CLARITY to WRITE your observations of the WONDERS of life. So many talented people have yet to trust their abilities to just write what they feel, see, hear, smell and taste out of life. Bless you dear Suzanne! Anita

traci said...

everywhere i go i am looking around and all the autumn beauty. it is everywhere right now.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I wonder at how you can so beautifully piece together words that stir up thoughts and memories and emotions. What a beautiful song on your playlist right now ("Ordinary Miracle")....I am off to iTunes to find it! Have a WONDERful day my lovely friend :) :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

gotta love a little wonder. what would the world be without it?? hoping you get your techy stuff fixed. that's so frustrating. miss you friend. got my skype acct. now i need to actually try using it;) need that virtual coffee!

Olive Cooper said...

Love this uplifting post. It was a grand way to begin today. Thanks bunches lovey. ♥T

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a WONDERFUL post. I especially loved the picture of the little girl in the leaves. You writing just harvested memories of times past of this beautiful season. The making of leaf piles, pumpkin hunts, our cider and apple donut trips at a farm we always visited, sewing costumes for my children, a special halloween party even my mother let me host years, years ago. So nice that you mentioned the geese. I was just planting mums yesterday and saw a V. We all must take in the Wonder. So much natural beauty to the season can bring you such calm and contentment. Thanks Suzanne.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Wonder...yes and that very important and magical word...choice. We choose to either marvel in the beautiful wonder around us or not. Thanks for your inspiration. I'm going to choose "wonder" today. Have a great day. Mona

michele said...

may we never lose this sense! it keeps us childlike and open to see God.

what a beautiful reminder, suzanne.


Whosyergurl said...

Beautiful post. Well written. I too love October so much! I am going to go camping in Kentucky on Sunday for a couple of nights. I'll experience a lot of WONDER, there!
xo, Cheryl

pollydove said...

Hi Suzanne! It has been weeks since I have been in blogland and I have missed it! (So sorry about your camera and computer being at odds - I hate when that happens!) I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed this post. You never cease to amaze with with your beautiful thoughts. Loved all of these images too!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I never know where you'll lead us with your blog titles - but always worth a follow around the blind bend :) Will I see you at Sarah's autumn party tomorrow? XOL

Cindy said...

What a wonderful post! I love this time of year and your words describe the season perfectly. We are still a bit warm here in Texas, but can feel a cool breeze every once in a while! (I love your playlist!)

Deborah said...

Wonder..what a beautiful word and yes its "wonder-ful" to experience all that God gives us in this life.
If we just be still..and listen and look...we'll know that He is God, and gives us so much to enjoy.
Its the simple things.....that bring so much wonder and joy.
Beautiful post my sweet friend xo

Deborah xoxoxoxo

A Cottage Muse said...

Your posts are to visit you!

Bonnie said...

I am always excited to see a new post from you. Your writing is so special and evokes wonderful feelings and thoughts to ponder.

Low Tide High Style said...

I hope I never become so jaded that I can't find wonder in every single day, no matter how ordinary the day may seem!

Kat :)

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Each day is a gift. I'm so thankful I'm able to know that and appreciate it. Life isn't perfect, but it can be very, very good!
Have a WONDERful day!

June said...

I can always come here and know that I will be blessed for doing so Suzanne. You have such a beautiful look on life. And the way you weave words together is magic!
sending hugs...

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

First of all: I LOVE that rainbow leaf picture. They must have searched for na age to find all the leaves in those colours!!

And second, I completely agree with your words. I try and remember to find wonder at every turn. Some days I get it...and feel so happy and alive!

Thank you so much for linking to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love party.




It is nice to see someone I know at Sarah's party.


Emily Maxson said...

Wonderful Suzanne! Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful words and observations! I hope your camera and computer start speaking to each other soon:)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh what a great gift it is to know wonder throughout your life. I see it in the butterflies, the opening of flowers and the smell of the rain washing the world.
I find spending time with small children nourishes that sense of wonder.
Fabulous observations.

Frizzy said...

The temps have finally dropped here and the sun has popped in and out of rain showers for two days. I'm loving this autumn shower and can't help but wonder what changes will come with the new season. I am eternally hopeful and full of wonder. Thank you for this beautiful post.

Karena said...

You always inspire me Suzanne!!

I hope you will come visit & tell me what you think of my fall far! Oh and I have a new giveaway!


Art by Karena

Jeanie said...

I love wonder. It's one of my favorite things. Tonight I had the ultimate wonder experience -- no photo for it, but hopefully soon I'll write about it because it was too precious not to share! I love all your wonders!

You found some glorious photos, but I hope yours and the computer make up soon!

Tiffini said...

kick some leaves for me you wonder woman..really you are! Oh I can feel your heart friend. I can. I too am being weighted down by the wonder of it all. I can't seem to take it in fast enough. To have a wonder-filled life all year long. I can't seem to get you last post out of my mind though...sending my thoughts of wonder your way..happy weekend..almost;)