Looking east at sunset, October 2022

I have needed to lighten my heart. We all need a good dose of fancy flight! We all need to smile, to laugh, to … marvel. For the sake of our sanity, we need to pay attention to something other than the distractors, those insidious beasts who shout in our ear about how horrible everything is.

Well, of course much is horrible. You can always find the horrible in this world. But “Everything”? No. Look how much of this world is not horrible. See the beauty of nature, and the neighbors helping neighbors, and the geese flying to distant climes for the coming winter, and the smile on that child’s face, and marvel.

Marvel is not a brand — well, OK, yes it is, it has followed me around for 60 years of fond memories and occasional disappointments. But marvel is also a verb, and taken as a command, or an urgent suggestion, it can be a way of life.

Look, we live in a marvelous world, and if you take just a little time to marvel at it and marvel in it, you’re on that road to a healthier life that we’ve all heard about.

Look! Is it marvelous?

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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