Friday, November 30, 2012

Wandering Wonder

Five Minute Friday
Five Minute Friday, today. The next one will be January, 2013. Sigh. Oh my. A deep breath, quick, before panic sets in. Before the unsettled nerves of all that has to be done in the next month, and all the unknown that spreads ahead in the new year...

But, today. Five minutes, right now, this moment.

Today's theme word, Wonder.


I wonder as I wander out under the stars...These words to a familiar Christmas song ring true to my heart.

I wander. I roam aimlessly through the days, the weeks, the months, the years. I keep busy. I do the next thing. I make lists (oh, I am good at lists!). I search to find a path. I blaze a new trail. I sit down and wait for someone to - please, oh please - show me the way. And, I get up and wander again.

As I go, I learn. I grow. I discover. I travel. I stay at home. I explore. I draw in tightly within my shell, keep my wanderings close, internal.

As I wander, I grow in wonder. The ocean waves unsettled on the shore. The mountain peaks, dusted with powdered snow. The sunsets coloring the town with peach and yellow and pink. Baby toes, growing quietly inside mama. A petal, unfurling into a splash of deep red. The full moon, glowing, illuminating across the dark sky.

So much, if I just open my eyes, awake to the wonder of it all. When I wander, my focus is down, on my feet, the path, trying not to trip. When I wonder, I look up, look out beyond myself, see so, so much more.

His mercies are new every morning. Ah, the wonder of it all.

Time is up.


  1. Maureen oh this echoes my heart, so much. And this gently peels back the layers that keep me locked away from more exploring and more discovery. Your words here are a gift Thank you sharing them. What a tender overflow of the heart. I hear you . I hear this. Happy discovery during this Christmas season to you dear one... and rich blessings in the discovering of wonder.

    1. These Friday Five Minutes are a good exercise. Learning to stop and let it go, accept what words come along, learning what is on my heart (sometimes a surprise to me!). Wonder full discoveries to you, too, this Christmas season. Thank you for your visit, I appreciate you!

  2. What a beautiful and peaceful five minutes. Awaking to the wonder is something I want to do more. I don't know if I ever got a chance to tell you how much I enjoyed your 31-day novel, Maureen, but I hope you keep writing! Merry Christmas... may it be filled with wonder for you. :)

    1. Thank you Amy, glad you enjoyed Thirty-One, A Novel. Did you see my three part short story, A Messy Thanksgiving (the Mon-Wed before Thanksgiving)?
      A wonder full filled Christmas to you and your delightful family, too. Enjoy!