Does your heart still leap?

Further reflection on 50

Two days ago I was at Pavillions (Safeway/Vons) grabbing some groceries with “the punk” (my youngest daughter, formerly known as, “the girl”). I commented on the nice new shopping metal carts.

You see, I’ve been riding shopping carts for years – since I was a teen and probably before that. I don’t do this as a spectacle… although, I suppose it is that at times. I do it because it is fun!
And as I turned 50, I thought about that. I like having fun – in many cases, in the same way that I did when I was a kid.

My Heart Leaps Up… still!

When I was in high school, an English teacher (Mr. Daukus) gave us one minute to try to memorize a poem. I did – I believe I was the only person able to recite it a day later from memory. I never forgot it.


My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
—William Wordsworth


I love the poem. It says that the things that amazed you as a child should still amaze you. If they don’t, what’s the point of living.

Of course, we mature and what we love matures too. And he is specifically speaking of natural wonder.

The broader point is whether your heart leaps up at all. I still find rainbows amazing! In fact, I’ve written about that before.. not rainbows… The things I find AMAZING! My kids know me for saying, “That’s amazing!” a lot!

And I’m not using as a general statement for the mundane – the way valley girls might have used the word, awesome! “Like… totally awesome!”

Nope, when I say, “That’s amazing!”, I mean it! It could be a spider web, a sunset, a flower, a picture, a book, a person, a beautiful smile, hips (yeah.. that’s a thing for me), etc.

Rich Mullins, a Christian songwriter – and my favorite songwriter regardless of genre – has a song called, “With the Wonder” – he talks about the wonder (bewilderment) he sees in the nature around him. Listen to it – whether or not you are religious I believe you’ll catch what he’s saying.

The world is amazing! Broken.. but amazing!

Agree? Disagree? Does your heart leap up? If so, at what? If not, what might change that?

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