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.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
These past months have been times of anxiety and stress. Yet, the earth is still beautiful, life is still precious, and we have people who love us. Focus on the wonder of it all and live each day fully. Take time to be amazed.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? The One who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
What I know of the divine sciences and Holy Scriptures, I learned in woods and fields. I have no other masters than the beeches and the oaks.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.
Saint Paul of the Cross
God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!””
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
Enlightenment is simply the moment you realize how amazing it is to be alive.
Almost the entire world is asleep. Those who are awake live in constant amazement.
Each day, each moment is a step into the unknown.
How can we feel anything but amazement?”
Ivan M. Granger
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.