Where the wonder is in the drawing of each breath ! ! !

Wandering into wonder

Toward what end is life lived?

"At some point, one asks, "Toward what end is my life lived?" A great freedom comes from being able to answer that question. A sleeper can be decoyed out of bed by the sheer beauty of dawn on the open seas. Part of my job, as I see it, is to allow that to happen. Sleepers like me need at some point to rise and take their turn on morning watch for the sake of the planet, but also for their own sake, for the enrichment of their lives. From the deserts of Namibia to the razor-backed Himalayas, there are wonderful creatures that have roamed the Earth much longer than we, creatures that not only are worthy of our respect but could teach us about ourselves." ― Diane Ackerman, The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds
"When a man does a queer thing, or two queer things, there may be a meaning to it, but when everything he does is queer, then you begin to wonder" ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
​‌"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story." ― Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won't be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story." ― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

Wandering into wonder

"Having faith
is bravery

  • "...we should be remembered for
    the things we do. The things we do are
    the most important things of all.
    They are more important than what
    we say or what we look like.
    The things we do outlast our
    mortality. The things we do are
    like monuments that people build
    to honour heroes after they've died.
    They're like the pyramids that the
    Egyptians built to honour the Pharaohs.
    Only instead of being made out of stone,
    they're made out of the memories people have of you.
    That's why your deeds are like your monuments.
    Built with memories instead of with stone."
    ― RJ Palacio

There is one story in the world

"Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story." ― Margaret Thatcher

"Rough as life can be,
I know in my bones we are supposed to
stick around and play our part

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught - in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too - in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well - or ill?" ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

"Our dreams are never realized and as soon as we see them betrayed we realize that the intensest joys of our life have nothing to do with reality. No sooner do we see them betrayed than we are consumed with regret for the time when they glowed within us. And in this succession of hopes and regrets our life slips by." ― Natalia Ginzburg, The Little Virtues

Wandering into wonder

"I'm still doing it. I'm still doing the thing I never do. I'm hoping. Or at least I'm trying on hope for size."

― Charlotte Stein, Run to You

Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes, or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching. And even if it's to be that mother. Someone down the line might need to know you got through it. Or maybe someone you won't see coming will need you. Like a kid who asks you to help him clean motel rooms. Or some ghost who drifts your way, hungry. And good people might even ask you to marry them. And it might be you never know the part you played, what it meant to someone to watch you make your way each day. Maybe someone or something is watching us all make our way. I don't think we get to know why. It is, as Ben would say about most of what I used to worry about, none of my business." ― Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family

A Mark that spoke of loss was still a Mark, a remembrance. You could not lose something you never had." ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness." ― Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies

Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes, or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching. And even if it's to be that mother. Someone down the line might need to know you got through it. Or maybe someone you won't see coming will need you. Like a kid who asks you to help him clean motel rooms. Or some ghost who drifts your way, hungry. And good people might even ask you to marry them. And it might be you never know the part you played, what it meant to someone to watch you make your way each day. Maybe someone or something is watching us all make our way. I don't think we get to know why. It is, as Ben would say about most of what I used to worry about, none of my business." ― Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family

For as long as there's anyone to ask 'Why?' the answer will always be, 'Why not?" ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

"Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." ― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

Why take minimum from life if you can take maximum from life? Both are on the table!" ― Vambola Tullus

"I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe." ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem